sea serpent


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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Galadriel and Halbrand are bickering in a way that suggests yearning glances could be close behind if they aren’t eaten by a sea serpent. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Aug. 2022 In the final decade of the Victorian era, a wealthy widow named Cora (Keira Knightley) decides to take up paleontology and investigate rumors of a dread sea serpent called the Blackwater Beast. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, 2 May 2022 In Jewish mythology, Leviathan was a primordial sea serpent, something malevolent, chaotic, uncontrollable, and beyond human comprehension. Joseph Loconte, National Review, 2 Apr. 2022 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,, 18 May 2018 See More

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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 6 Oct. 2022.

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