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sea horse (sê hôrs)
1. A small marine fish of the genus Hippocampus, characteristically swimming in an upright position and having a prehensile tail, a horselike head, and a body covered with bony plates.
2. See walrus.
3. Mythology. An animal, half fish and half horse, ridden by Neptune and other sea gods.
4. A large white-capped wave.
Sea Horse, any of a number
of small fishes of the same family as the pipefish. The name is derived
from the resemblance of its head to the head of a horse. The body has an
elongated tail and is covered by large, rectangular bony plates. Sea horses
are found in various warm and temperate seas near the shore, often in brackish water.
The common sea horse (Hippocampus hudsonius) of the Atlantic Coast of North
America reaches a length of more than 13 cm (more than 5 in).
Scientific classification: Sea horses make up the genus Hippocampus in the family Syngnathidae.
Hippocampus denise, is typically just 16 millimetres long - smaller than most fingernails. Some were found to be just 13 mm long.