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ˈhaɪ drə; -drihy·dra

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hydra(noun)

    (Greek mythology) monster with nine heads; when struck off each head was replaced by two new ones

    "Hydra was slain by Hercules"

  2. Hydra, Snake(noun)

    a long faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near the equator stretching between Virgo and Cancer

  3. hydra(noun)

    trouble that cannot be overcome by a single effort because of its many aspects or its persistent and pervasive quality

    "we may be facing a hydra that defies any easy solution"

  4. hydra(noun)

    small tubular solitary freshwater hydrozoan polyp

Wiktionary

  1. hydra(Noun)

    Any of several small freshwater polyps of the genus Hydra and related genera, having a naked cylindrical body and an oral opening surrounded by tentacles.

    Etymology: From Hydra, the mythical serpent, originally from Ὕδρα.

  2. hydra(Noun)

    A complex, multifarious problem or situation that cannot be solved easily and rapidly.

    Etymology: From Hydra, the mythical serpent, originally from Ὕδρα.

  3. Hydra(ProperNoun)

    A mythological serpent with seven heads, slain by Hercules as one of his twelve labours. Also called the Lernaean Hydra.

    Etymology: From Hydra, the mythical serpent, originally from Ὕδρα.

  4. Hydra(ProperNoun)

    A spring constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a serpent. It lies just south of the zodiac and contains the star Alphard.

    Etymology: From Hydra, the mythical serpent, originally from Ὕδρα.

  5. Hydra(ProperNoun)

    The name of one of Pluto's moons. (Named 21 June 2006).

    Etymology: From Hydra, the mythical serpent, originally from Ὕδρα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hydra(noun)

    a serpent or monster in the lake or marsh of Lerna, in the Peloponnesus, represented as having many heads, one of which, when cut off, was immediately succeeded by two others, unless the wound was cauterized. It was slain by Hercules. Hence, a terrible monster

    Etymology: [L. hydra, Gr. "y`dra; akin to "y`dwr water. See Otter the animal, Water.]

  2. Hydra(noun)

    hence: A multifarious evil, or an evil having many sources; not to be overcome by a single effort

    Etymology: [L. hydra, Gr. "y`dra; akin to "y`dwr water. See Otter the animal, Water.]

  3. Hydra(noun)

    any small fresh-water hydroid of the genus Hydra, usually found attached to sticks, stones, etc., by a basal sucker

    Etymology: [L. hydra, Gr. "y`dra; akin to "y`dwr water. See Otter the animal, Water.]

  4. Hydra(noun)

    a southern constellation of great length lying southerly from Cancer, Leo, and Virgo

    Etymology: [L. hydra, Gr. "y`dra; akin to "y`dwr water. See Otter the animal, Water.]

Freebase

  1. HYDRA

    HYDRA is a fictional terrorist organization in Marvel Comics. Despite the name's capitalization per Marvel's official spelling, the name is not an acronym but rather a reference to the mythical Lernaean Hydra. The organization's motto references the myth of the Hydra, stating that "if a head is cut off, two more will take its place" proclaiming their resilience and growing strength in the face of resistance. HYDRA agents often wear distinctive green garb featuring a serpent motif.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hydra

    hī′dra, n. (myth.) a water-serpent with many heads, which when cut off were succeeded by others: any manifold evil: a genus of fresh-water polyps remarkable for their power of multiplication by being cut or divided.—adjs. Hy′dra-head′ed, difficulty to root out, springing up vigorously again and again; Hy′droid, like the hydra. [L.,—Gr. hydrahydōr, water, akin to Sans. udras, an otter.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Hydra

    A genus of freshwater polyps in the family Hydridae, order Hydroida, class HYDROZOA. They are of special interest because of their complex organization and because their adult organization corresponds roughly to the gastrula of higher animals.

Mythology

  1. Hydra

    (Hy′dra). A monster serpent, which had a hundred heads. It was slain by Hercules.

Anagrams for hydra »

  1. hardy, Hardy

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hydra in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hydra in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of hydra in a Sentence

  1. Kevin Gunn:

    Election Night in 2008's kind of like the Hydra.

  2. Kevin Gunn:

    I think the more that we try to combat racism, it seems like Election Night in 2008 comes back two-fold now, election Night in 2008's kind of like the Hydra.

  3. Victor Hugo:

    The book which the reader now holds in his hands, from one end to the other, as a whole and in its details, whatever gaps, exceptions, or weaknesses it may contain, treats of the advance from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsity to truth, from darkness to daylight, from blind appetite to conscience, from decay to life, from bestiality to duty, from Hell to Heaven, from limbo to God. Matter itself is the starting-point, and the point of arrival is the soul. Hydra at the beginning, an angel at the end.

  4. Apollos Nwafor:

    Ebola has become a hydra-headed crisis.

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