American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A monster represented as a serpent with the head and breasts of a woman that ate children and sucked the blood from men.
- n. A female vampire.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fir. and Roman mythology, an enticing witch, who charmed children and youths for the purpose of feeding on their blood and flesh, like the later vampire; a female demon; hence, in general, a destroying witch or hag.
- n. In zoology:
- n. A Fabrician (1775) genus of longicorn beetles, now the type of family Lamiidæ. L. ædilis is a species the male of which has antenæ) four times as long as the body.
- n. A genus of sharks: same as Lamna.
- n. Greek mythology A monster with the head and breasts of a woman and the lower half of a serpent, which ate children and sucked the blood from men.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Class. Myth.) A monster capable of assuming a woman's form, who was said to devour human beings or suck their blood; a vampire; a sorceress; a witch.
- n. (folklore) a corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the living
- Middle English, from Latin, from Greek. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And "lamia" represents the original Lilith, a spirit of the night who in Hebrew legend is the demon wife of Adam.”
“Points for Sansi the lamia, though - she was badass!”
“I like the lamia-crazy stuff in there better. garfunkleandoates someone should release the whole movie without the cgi. abayarts you think it would of been easy to do this with the cartoon version instead. it was okay, webcomic is still better. greggorybasore”
“John Justin Mallory has fun and games with the last lamia egg.”
“There are varied stories about the origins of Lilith and the lamia, but she or something like her appears in Jewish, Greek, and Sumerian lore, just to name a few.”
“Some accounts say she was the first wife of Adam who refused to lie beneath him and flew out of the Garden of Eden to cavort with demons, giving birth to hundred of the lamia each night.”
“Also unlike Mom, he thought it was a good idea to find out what we could about the lamia.”
“I was just talking about the babies and how we should try to help before the lamia get any more of them.”
“The lamia are clawing their way out of a four-foot wide, fire-licked fissure that bisects the hollow.”
“I shudder and can hear the awful voices in my head as if the lamia were in the room with us.”
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