Sphinx

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Translingual[edit]

Sphinx ligustri

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Σφίγξ (Sphínx).

Proper noun[edit]

Sphinx f

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Sphingidae – many species of moths.

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English Spynx, from Ancient Greek Σφίγξ (Sphínx), perhaps from σφίγγω (sphíngō, bind tightly, to strangle). The appurtenance of Egyptian
Szp
p
A53
(šzp, image, statue, sphinx) or
Szp
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A53anxn
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(šzp-ꜥnḫ, living image) remains unclear.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsfɪŋks/
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Proper noun[edit]

Sphinx (plural Sphinges)

  1. (usually with "the") An ancient, large statue in Egypt, with the face of a man and the body of a lion, lying near the Great Pyramids.
  2. (Greek mythology) One of the many offspring of Typhon and Echidna, a winged lion-like creature with a woman's face, who commited suicide out of frustration after Oedipus managed to solve her riddles.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Σφῐ́γξ (Sphínx).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Sphinx f (genitive Sphinx, plural Sphinxen or Sphingen)

Sphinx m (genitive Sphinx or Sphinxes, plural Sphinxe or Sphingen)

  1. sphinx

Usage notes[edit]

  • Generally speaking, the word is feminine like its Greek etymon. The masculine is sometimes used in scientific usage when the being or statue in question is male. Since this is the case of the Sphinx of Giza, a hypercorrect belief that the masculine is generally more appropriate may exist in some semi-educated speakers.

Declension[edit]

Feminine
Masculine

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

Sphinx f (genitive Sphingis); third declension

  1. Sphinx

Declension[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative Sphinx Sphingēs
Genitive Sphingis Sphingum
Dative Sphingī Sphingibus
Accusative Sphingem Sphingēs
Ablative Sphinge Sphingibus
Vocative Sphinx Sphingēs

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