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hippocampus


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hippocampus  \Hip`po*cam"pus\,  n.  [L.,  the  sea  horse,  Gr  ?  a 
  hippocampus  (in  senses  1  and  2);  "i`ppos  horse  +  ?  to  bend.] 
  1.  (Class.  Myth.)  A  fabulous  monster,  with  the  head  and  fore 
  quarters  of  a  horse  joined  to  the  tail  of  a  dolphin  or 
  other  fish  ({Hippocampus  brevirostris}),  --  seen  in 
  Pompeian  paintings,  attached  to  the  chariot  of  Neptune. 
  --Fairholt. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hippocampus 
  n  1:  a  complex  neural  structure  (shaped  like  a  sea  horse) 
  consisting  of  gray  matter  and  located  on  the  floor  of 
  each  lateral  ventricle;  intimately  involved  in 
  motivation  and  emotion  as  part  of  the  limbic  system;  has 
  a  central  role  in  the  formation  of  memories 
  2:  seahorses  [syn:  {Hippocampus},  {genus  Hippocampus}] 




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