What does the word hydra mean?

Usage examples for hydra

  1. When tyranny reared its hydra head, the monster was readily recognized. – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  2. " Happily we are at peace; we need only conquer heresy on the stage," remarked the young Duc d'Orleans, alluding to a part he had played the night before,- that of a knight subduing a hydra which bore upon its foreheads the word " Reformation." – Catherine de' Medici by Honore de Balzac
  3. That hydra- headed monster had already extended its coils through France, while its pestilential breath was now wafted into Flanders from the German as well as the French border. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley

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