adjective Date: 1599 having many centers or branches <
a hydra-headed organization

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  • hydra-headed — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: Hydra, mythical many headed serpent + headed more at hydra : having many centers or branches a hydra headed organization passive but hydra headed resistance Edward Crankshaw * * * /huy dreuh hed id/, adj. 1 …   Useful english dictionary

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