MEANING: noun: A persistent or multifaceted problem that presents a new obstacle when a part of it is solved.

ETYMOLOGY: After the many-headed monster Hydra in Greek mythology. When its one head was cut off, it sprouted two more. It was ultimately slain by Hercules. From Latin Hydra, from Greek Hudra (water snake). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wed- (water, wet), which also gave us water, wash, winter, hydrant, redundant, otter, and vodka. Earliest documented use: 1374.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead. -Ernest Hemingway, author and journalist, Nobel laureate (21 Jul 1899-1961)

HI, DRA - Crabbe and Goyle being unacceptably familiar with young Malfoy

HYBRA - an uplifting undergarment preferred by Madonna

HYDRY - stranded