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 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, "The 2,000-Year-Long Search for the Loch Ness Monster," 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, "What do old tales of exorcism and murder say about how men see women now? Not much.," 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, "Wearing a 'Red Speedo,' Lucas Hnath goes swimming with sharks," 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, "The Man Who Saved Havana," 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, "Wearing a 'Red Speedo,' Lucas Hnath goes swimming with sharks," 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, "The Man Who Saved Havana," 18 Apr. 2018 Some of the stories are obviously fantastical, with demons, dragons, and sea serpents. National Geographic, "These Imaginary Islands Only Existed on Maps," 9 Dec. 2017 There are a wide variety of supernatural monsters and cryptids that have been spotted in the state, from the Lake Michigan sea serpent to the wolfman of Chestnut Mountain to giant black panthers, according to folklore. Kate Shepherd, Chicago Reader, "News / Did You Read __________? Eddie Johnson calls for tougher Illinois gun laws after study shows many guns used in crimes are purchased in the suburbs, and other Chicago news," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sea serpent

1774, in the meaning defined above

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“Sea serpent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sea%20serpent. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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