Word of the day

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hydra (noun) – 1. Greek Mythology The many-headed monster that was slain by Hercules.
2. Astronomy A satellite of Pluto.
3. A constellation in the equatorial region of the southern sky near Cancer, Libra, and Centaurus. Also called Snake2.
4. A persistent or multifaceted problem that cannot be eradicated by a single effort.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Name of the many-headed Lernaean water serpent slain by Herakles in Greek mythology, late 14th century, idre, from Greek Hydra, fem. of hydros “water-snake,” from hydor “water”. The word is etymologically related to Sanskrit udrah “aquatic animal” and Old English ottur. Used figuratively for “any multiplicity of evils” [Johnson]. The fabulous beast’s heads were said to grown back double when cut off. As a constellation, usually identified as the monster Herakles slew, from mid-15th century As the genus name of a freshwater polyp from 1798; said to have been so called by Linnaeus for its regenerative capabilities.

 


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