from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of east-central Greece northwest of Athens. Founded c. fifth century B.C., it was the site of the Lamian War (323-322 B.C.) between the confederated Greeks and the Macedonian general Antipater, who was besieged in the city for several months before his ultimate victory. Population: 46,400.

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  • proper n. A city in Greece.


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  • Brawne Lamia is a self-sufficient and dangerous woman, although there does seem to be the suggestion that she is more muscle than brain.

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  • Lycius's palace in Lamia, where (as here, in "Verses") a regal or at least aristocratic power and an elite removal from the common herd are designated -- "only princes" have access to such riches.

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  • The name Lamia is from Greek mythology, and she believes herself to be THE Lamia who once had twins with Zeus but was forced to give them up. stories

  • The worst trick this disability ever played upon Keats was to blind him to his magnificent opportunity in 'Lamia' -- an opportunity of which the missing is felt as positively cruel: but it betrayed him also into occasional lapses and ineptitudes which almost rival Leigh Hunt's --

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  • The Lamia is seen almost exclusively in shadow (with ominous extended arms in one scene that recalls Murnau’s “Nosferatu”) and Raimi makes good use (maybe a little over-use) of jarring sound effects.

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  • Tge Detective’s Tale from Brawne Lamia is a noir tale of her job as a private eye with a client who is a cybrid: a cloned human with electronic implants controlled by the TechnoCore.

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  • Ahead in an alley I saw a woman I'd played with, whom all the Young Kings called Lamia, who wore a black dress and a stripped-away smile, and she beckoned me into the alley.

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  • The plot is pretty stupid, because it's pretty obvious that - if you really controlled an all-powerful satanic monster called the Lamia - you wouldn't need to go begging junior bank staff for a poxy few grand anyway.

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  • Then again, some things never change, like the traffic jam we had yesterday on the way to the town of Lamia, which is right next door to where King Leonidas took on the Persians in the story they redid for the movie "The 300," which mom and I watched halfway through 2 weeks ago, and hated.


  • You know, we've had an extensive search in a large region, and on Christmas Eve, we got the news that a driver had come forward who had actually dropped them off in a very specific place, a village called Lamia (ph), and not only that, they'd spent the night with him the night before and had left their luggage at his place.

    CNN Transcript Dec 27, 2006


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