from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A legendary monster having the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the tail of a dragon or scorpion.
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- n. A mythical beast with the body of a lion, the tail of a scorpion, and the head of a man, said to be able to shoot spikes from its tail or mane.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fabulous monster having the body of a beast of prey, with a human head.
- n. An unidentified and perhaps imaginary kind of monkey.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mythical monster having the head of man (with horns) and the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion
Middle English manticores, from Latin mantichōra, from Greek mantikhōras, variant of martiokhōras, from Old Iranian *martiya-khvāra-, man-eater : *martiya-, man; + *-khvāra-, eater.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin mantichōra, from Greek μαντιχώρας (mantichōras), μαρτιχόρας (martichoras), μαρτιοχώρας (martiochōras) "man-eater, tiger", from Old Persian *martya-χvāra "man-eater". (Wiktionary)