Part of speech: noun

The many headed water serpent slain by Hercules.

Part of speech: noun

Any evil of man forms.

Part of speech: noun

A fresh water polyp.

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Usage examples "hydra":

  1. Well, then, do not be angry with them; for are they not as good as a play, trying their hand at paltry reforms such as I was describing; they are always fancying that by legislation they will make an end of frauds in contracts, and the other rascalities which I was mentioning, not knowing that they are in reality cutting off the heads of a hydra? - "Plato's Republic", Plato.
  2. Hercules goes on in his strength slaying his hydra and his Laomedon for many years, but he comes at last, whether he like it or not, to his Omphale, at whose feet he is content to sit and spin long golden threads of pleasure and of passion, while his lion's skin is motheaten and his club rots away. - "Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, Lady Marabout's Troubles, and Other Stories", Ouida.
  3. Now, citizen of a free people, he occupied his hand with bold charcoal sketches of Liberties, Rights of Man, French Constitutions, Republican Virtues, the People as Hercules felling the Hydra of Tyranny, throwing into each and all his compositions all the fire of his patriotism. - "The Gods are Athirst", Anatole France.