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  • n. A sphinx with the head of a man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man sphinx; a sphinx having the head of a man and the body of a lion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anc. Egypt. sculp., a man-sphinx; a sphinx having the body of a lion with a human head and masculine attributes, as distinguished from one with the head of a ram (criosphinx), or of a hawk (hieracosphinx). See sphinx.


andro- +‎ sphinx (Wiktionary)


  • The Egyptian sphinx -- there were three varieties, this being an 'androsphinx', with the head of a man and the body of a lion -- was viewed beneficently as a GUARDIAN of the paths to important or sacred premises.

    A Christmas Riddle

  • The Egyptians, in their ancient wisdom, act in the desert a great androsphinx, image of mystery and silence, staring from under level brows across the arid sands of the sea-way.

    The Roadmender

  • Sometimes the androsphinx has human hands in place of the lion's paws.

    A History of Art for Beginners and Students Painting, Sculpture, Architecture


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