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 In one scene, Godzilla heads to the Arctic Ocean and threatens a sea serpent with bioluminescent fins that emit a neon-pink glow (hell yeah!). Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 29 Mar. 2024 This kid gorilla leads Kong to a tribe of scraggly hostile apes who are living in a slave society presided over by the Skar King, an evil ape with blotchy red hair who’s as tall as Kong and wields a skeletal bone whip that looks like it was fashioned out of the spine of a sea serpent. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 28 Mar. 2024 More than 40 books were published, but the first 10 are superior, with plots involving a sea serpent at a summer resort, a haunted mansion, and a trip to India. Ernesto Lechner, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2024 Newsletter Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news According to the tales of Norse mythology, a sea serpent surrounds the world, circling its waters in a continuous cycle, by biting onto its own tail. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 In a similar narrative of rebirth and revival, the name of this sea serpent, Jörmungandr, has recently taken on a new meaning. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 There were sea monks and mermaids and mermen, not to mention the many species of sea serpents. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 30 Oct. 2023 Or the reptilian sea serpents that fishermen swear have menacingly popped up from the surface of the water, or the Sirens of Greek mythology who lured sailors to their deaths with their soothing, seductive songs. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 14 June 2023 Although many aspects of the series’ effects work hold up regardless of the venue — the attack of a sea serpent in the second episode was a highlight for me — other pieces feel overlit and flat. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea serpent was in 1774

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

Kids Definition

sea serpent

: a large marine animal resembling a snake often reported to have been seen but never proved to be real

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