sea horse

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A sea horse (fish)

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sehors (walrus), equivalent to sea +‎ horse. Probably a calque of obsolete French cheval de mer or directly of Late Latin caballus marinus.

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  • (file)

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sea horse (plural sea horses)

  1. (obsolete) The walrus.
    • 1789, Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative, vol. I, ch. 9:
      One morning we had vast quantities of sea-horses about the ship, which neighed exactly like any other horses.
  2. Any of various small marine fish of the genus Hippocampus that have a horselike head and swim upright.

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