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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sea  serpent  \Sea"  ser`pent\ 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  marine  snake.  See  {Sea  snake}. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  large  marine  animal  of  unknown  nature,  often 
  reported  to  have  been  seen  at  sea,  but  never  yet  captured. 
 
  Note:  Many  accounts  of  sea  serpents  are  imaginary  or 
  fictitious;  others  are  greatly  exaggerated  and 
  distorted  by  incompetent  observers;  but  a  number  have 
  been  given  by  competent  and  trustworthy  persons,  which 
  indicate  that  several  diverse  animals  have  been  called 
  sea  serpents.  Among  these  are  apparently,  several 
  large  snakelike  fishes,  as  the  oar  fish,  or  ribbon  fish 
  ({Regalecus}),  and  huge  conger  eels.  Other  accounts 
  probably  refer  to  the  giant  squids  ({Architeuthis}). 
  Some  of  the  best  accounts  seem  to  describe  a  marine 
  saurian,  like  the  fossil  Mosasauri  which  were  large 
  serpentlike  creatures  with  paddles. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Architeuthis  \Ar`chi*teu"this\,  n.  [NL.,  fr  Gr  pref.  ?  +  ?,  ?, 
  a  kind  of  squid.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  genus  of  gigantic  cephalopods,  allied  to  the  squids,  found 
  esp.  in  the  North  Atlantic  and  about  New  Zealand. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  architeuthis 
  n  :  largest  mollusk  known  about  but  never  seen  (to  60  feet  long) 
  [syn:  {giant  squid}] 




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