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The diseases of a State are like the heads of a hydra; they multiply when they are cut off.

Slice off at a blow the head of this beast of rebellion, this hydra of heresy.

The Crow is represented as standing on, and pecking at, the coils of Hydra.

Crater is situated at about the centre of Hydra and is on the meridian, April 26th.

Hydra is about 100° in length and reaches almost from Canis Minor to Libra.

Grief has been compared to a hydra, for every one that dies two are born.

If it is not a Trust of transportation, it is only another head of the same Hydra.

But there was nothing about their appearance to suggest the heads of a hydra.

It was a surprise to us that he retained the ancient name of Hydra House.

The gargouille or whirlpool, of Rouen, was but a modern edition of the hydra.

WORD ORIGIN

1835, genus name of a freshwater polyp, from Greek Hydra, many-headed Lernaean water serpent slain by Hercules (this sense is attested in English from late 14c.), from hydor (genitive hydatos) "water" (see water (n.1)); related to Sanskrit udrah "aquatic animal" and Old English ottur "otter." Used figuratively for "any multiplicity of evils" [Johnson]. The fabulous beast's heads were said to grown back double when cut off, and the sea creature is said to be so called for its regenerative capabilities.

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