Definition of seahorse in English:

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seahorse

Pronunciation: /ˈsiːhɔːs/

noun

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1A small marine fish with segmented bony armour, an upright posture, a curled prehensile tail, a tubular snout, and a head and neck suggestive of a horse. The male has a brood pouch in which the eggs develop.
  • Genus Hippocampus, family Syngnathidae: many species, including the European H. ramulosus
Example sentences
  • Andersson says similar evolutionary pressures help to explain the sexual antics of the pipefish, a close relative of the sea horse.
  • And last summer the first sea horse was recorded in the Thames estuary in 30 years.
  • The good news is that the partnership collaborations for sea horse and marine conservation have grown enormously.
2A mythical creature with a horse’s head and fish’s tail.
Example sentences
  • Neptune is also able to heal the injuries of living beings and transform beings into other shapes and forms (such as when he transformed a white stallion into a sea horse).
  • The gods were frequently portrayed as riding the mythical Hippocampus, a magical sea horse first recognized by anthropologists in early Etruscan wall-paintings.
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