One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small marine fish with segmented bony armor, an upright posture, a curled prehensile tail, a tubular snout, and a head and neck suggestive of a horse.
Genus Hippocampus, family Syngnathidae: many species, including the European H. ramulosus and the American H. hudsonius
- ‘These outlines coincided with the part of the brain known as the hippocampus, from the Greek word for sea horse.’
- ‘Live costumed characters from the Aquarium will stroll around the fairgrounds, including a whale, a shark, and a sea horse.’
- ‘A report by the World Wildlife Fund indicates that populations of the sea horse in the Indo-Pacific are being heavily exploited for the Asian traditional medicine market.’
- ‘Like the sea horse, these sculptures have an almost timorous charm; one took care not to breathe too hard near them for fear of snapping their lengthy stems.’
- ‘Andersson says similar evolutionary pressures help to explain the sexual antics of the pipefish, a close relative of the sea horse.’
- ‘At about five-eighths of an inch long, it's smaller than a dime - the tiniest sea horse species in the world.’
- ‘The good news is that the partnership collaborations for sea horse and marine conservation have grown enormously.’
- ‘And last summer the first sea horse was recorded in the Thames estuary in 30 years.’
- ‘Two of the spoons illustrated have applied seashells, and the third an applied sea horse.’
2A mythical creature with a horse's head and fish's tail.
- ‘The gods were frequently portrayed as riding the mythical Hippocampus, a magical sea horse first recognized by anthropologists in early Etruscan wall-paintings.’
- ‘Neptune is also able to heal the injuries of living beings and transform beings into other shapes and forms (such as when he transformed a white stallion into a sea horse).’
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