sea serpent

noun

Definition of sea serpent

: a large marine animal resembling a serpent often reported to have been seen but never proved to exist

Examples of sea serpent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With limbs added to the ancient sea serpent concept, the Pixar animating team found movement inspiration in sea iguanas. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 18 June 2021 Ancient cartographers used drolleries—hybrid monsters, part whale, part sea serpent—to indicate the limits of their knowledge. Amia Srinivasan, The New Yorker, 17 Aug. 2020 In various 1,500-year-old texts, sea serpents, water horses, and water kelpie were all observed in Scotland's waterways. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, 21 Nov. 2019 Her examples from the ancient world (the Babylonian story of sea serpent Tiamat, who gives birth to monsters) are assigned equal weight to those of today (Laci Peterson, the California woman murdered by her husband in 2002). Jenny Rogers, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2019 The world of swimming — a stand-in here for society at large — is populated by the sort of sea serpent tattooed onto Ray's back. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, 18 May 2018 The city was founded in 1519, when the Spanish still had one foot in the Middle Ages and captains would casually write in their ships’ logs about sea serpents, dragons and men with two heads. Néstor Martí, Smithsonian, 18 Apr. 2018 The world of swimming — a stand-in here for society at large — is populated by the sort of sea serpent tattooed onto Ray's back. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, 18 May 2018 The city was founded in 1519, when the Spanish still had one foot in the Middle Ages and captains would casually write in their ships’ logs about sea serpents, dragons and men with two heads. Néstor Martí, Smithsonian, 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sea serpent

1774, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jun 2021

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“Sea serpent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sea%20serpent. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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