manticore

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A manticore

Etymology[edit]

Latin mantichōra, from Greek μαντιχώρας (mantichōras), μαρτιχόρας (martichoras), μαρτιοχώρας (martiochōras) "man-eater, tiger", from Old Persian *martya-χvāra "man-eater".

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Noun[edit]

manticore (plural manticores)

  1. (Persian mythology), (Greek mythology) A beast with the body of a lion (usually red), the tail of a scorpion, and the head/face of a man with a mouth filled with multiple rows of sharp teeth (like a shark), said to be able to shoot spikes from its tail or mane to paralyse prey. May be horned, winged, or both; its voice is described as a mixture of pipes and trumpets.

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manticore f (plural manticores)

  1. manticore