lamia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin lamia, from Ancient Greek Λάμια (Lámia).

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lamia (plural lamias)

  1. A monster preying upon human beings and who sucked the blood of children, often described as having the head and breasts of a woman and the lower half of a serpent.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, III.2.1.i:
      Apollonius […] by some probable conjectures, found her out to be a serpent, a lamia, and that all her furniture was like Tantalus' gold described by Homer, no substance, but mere illusions.

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Latin[edit]

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Noun[edit]

lamia f (genitive lamiae); first declension

  1. witch (sort of female bogeyman)

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative lamia lamiae
genitive lamiae lamiārum
dative lamiae lamiīs
accusative lamiam lamiās
ablative lamiā lamiīs
vocative lamia lamiae

Usage notes[edit]

  • Elsewhere used to refer to a type of flatfish and a type of owl.