from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of ruminating quadrupeds, with large soft muzzle, and horns bent down and again turned up. It belongs to the antelope subfamily, and contains the gnu of South Africa: same as Connochætes. See cut under gnu.


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  • Because of the weight of its head it can only look down catoblepas is Greek for that which looks downward.

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  • The catoblepas is a four-legged bull-like creature with a very large and heavy head.

    Episode II: The WMAM Wars

  • It is, one might say, a necessary monster, not some ephemeral and casual creature like the chimaera or the catoblepas.

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  • I first came across the catoblepas in Borges' Book of Imaginary Beings, and my reaction to the description of the creature was of pity, that the mystical effect it would have on other living beings would leave it so incredibly lonely.

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  • This particular catoblepas, after which the flash piece is named, first appears in my story "Strange Mammals," which is scheduled to be published in Polyphony 7 and I'm crossing my fingers that the anthology will still be released; please go buy some excellent books from Wheatland Press so that P7 can emerge into the world.

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  • Most of the creatures I was already familiar with, but a few, such as the catoblepas, have stirred the creative juices a bit.

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  • "Curdling curds of catoblepas crapl" Chert expostulated as he turned away and rode off to scout ahead for possible trouble.

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  • "That there catoblepas will get us sure otherwise," he added laconically.

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  • "Even a fishy lout like you can't ignore catoblepas."

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  • The body of the catoblepas was covered with reptilian scales, from its gorgon head to its cloven hooves, invulnerable to the attack of the argus.

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  • A creature with the body of a buffalo and a head of a hog. Its back is scaly; its head always points downwards. Its stare or breath could turn people into stone or kill them. First described by Pliny the Elder.

    February 4, 2007