sea mouse
noun Date: circa 1520 any of various large broad marine polychaete worms (especially genus Aphrodite) covered with hairlike setae

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  • Sea mouse — (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A dorsibranchiate annelid, belonging to {Aphrodite} and allied genera, having long, slender, hairlike set[ae] on the sides. (b) The dunlin. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea mouse — sea′ mouse n. ivt any large oval marine annelid worm of the genus Aphrodite covered with long bristles • Etymology: 1510–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • sea mouse — n. any of a genus (Aphrodite) of large, marine polychaetes with a flat, oval body covered with bristles …   English World dictionary

  • Sea mouse — Taxobox name = Sea Mouse image caption = A. aculeata (Sea mouse) regnum = Animalia phylum = Annelida classis = Polychaeta ordo = Phyllodocida subordo = Aphroditoidea familia = Aphroditidae genus = Aphrodita species = A. aculeata binomial =… …   Wikipedia

  • sea mouse — any of several large, marine annelids of the genus Aphrodite and related genera, having a covering of long, fine, hairlike setae. [1510 20] * * * ▪ worm       (Aphrodita), any of a genus of marine worms of the class Polychaeta (phylum Annelida),… …   Universalium

  • sea mouse — noun any of several large worms having a broad flattened body with a mat of coarse hairs covering the back • Hypernyms: ↑polychaete, ↑polychete, ↑polychaete worm, ↑polychete worm * * * noun 1. : a large broad marine polychaete worm of Aphrodite… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sea mouse — /ˈsi maʊs/ (say see mows) noun any of various large marine annelids of the genus Aphrodite and allied genera, of a somewhat mouse like appearance, due to a covering of long, fine, hair like setae …   Australian English dictionary

  • sea mouse — noun a large marine bristle worm with a stout oval body which bears matted fur like chaetae. [Genus Aphrodite.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • sea-mouse — …   Useful english dictionary

  • sea — n. 1 the expanse of salt water that covers most of the earth s surface and surrounds its land masses. 2 any part of this as opposed to land or fresh water. 3 a particular (usu. named) tract of salt water partly or wholly enclosed by land (the… …   Useful english dictionary

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