I. noun Etymology: Middle English Ydra, from Latin Hydra, from Greek Date: 15th century 1. a many-headed serpent or monster in Greek mythology that was slain by Hercules and each head of which when cut off was replaced by two others 2. not capitalized a multifarious evil not to be overcome by a single effort 3. [Latin (genitive Hydrae), from Greek] a southern constellation of great length that lies south of Cancer, Sextans, Corvus, and Virgo and is represented on old maps by a serpent 4. not capitalized [New Latin, from Latin, Hydra] any of numerous small tubular freshwater hydrozoan polyps (Hydra and related genera) having at one end a mouth surrounded by tentacles II. geographical name or Modern Greek Ídhra island Greece in S Aegean Sea off E coast of Peloponnese area 20 square miles (52 square kilometers), population 2794 • Hydriot or Hydriote noun

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