hip•po•camp (hĭpə-kămp′) or hip•po•cam•pus(hĭp′ə-kămpəs)
n.pl. hip•po•camps or hip•po•cam•pi(-pī′)
Greek & Roman Mythology
A marine creature having the head and forelegs of a horse and the body and tail of a dolphin or fish.
[Late Latin, fromGreekhippokampos : hippos, horse; see ekwo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + kampos, sea monster.]
(click for a larger image)hippocamp
detail of a mosaic at the Roman Baths
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