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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Hydra Constellation -- Location: Northern Hemisphere & Southern Hemisphere; Coordinates: Right Ascension: 10h; Declination: -20; Source: Greek Mythology The constellation Hydra is most closely associated with the legend of the second labor of Heracles, which may echo a Babylonian legend in which the hero Gilgamesh killed a seven-headed monster. The Hydra was a fresh-water serpent born to Echidne and Typhon. Echidne was half woman, half serpent, herself a daughter of Ceto, a sea monster...

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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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