sea monster


plural sea monsters
: a mythical creature of usually immense size that lives underwater and is traditionally regarded as a threat to ships and mariners
All readers of Yeats will need this book; when they open it they will feel a surprise like that experienced by St. Brendan the Navigator and his crew when they disembarked upon an island that turned out to be the back of a dormant sea monster.Seamus Heaney

Examples of sea monster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To stop sea monsters from coming up into the Mediterranean, wrote Diodorus Siculus, an ancient-Greek historian. Tomas Weber, Rolling Stone, 18 May 2024 Moral of the story: Don’t take healthy relationship cues from sea monsters. 5. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 13 Mar. 2024 One Encinitas resident dressed as a scuba diver being eaten by a kraken, a legendary sea monster akin to an octopus said to appear in the sea between Norway and Iceland. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Feb. 2024 This provides some evidence that these sucky-mouthed sea monsters and humans are much more closely related than the team anticipated. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 22 Feb. 2024 In Norway and Iceland, legend has it that the Kraken, a giant sea monster similar to a squid or octopus, is lurking in local seas, only to occasionally rise and go on a rampage. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2024 Further, the creatures in those earlier source texts are identified as whales, not mythical sea monsters. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 Mar. 2023 This beautiful film takes place on the Italian Riviera and follows an unlikely friendship between a human boy (Tremblay) and a sea monster disguised as a human (Grazer). Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal, Parents, 5 Feb. 2024 Like on the school run, or to battle colossal sea monsters that have emerged from a portal at the bottom of the ocean. Evan Williams, Ars Technica, 31 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sea monster was in 1568

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“Sea monster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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