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  • n. A mythical beast found in Egyptian sculpture and European heraldry, being a lion with the head of a falcon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hawk-headed sphinx of Egypt, as distinguished from the androsphinx and criosphinx.


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  • also "hyracosphinx"--sphinx with the head of a hawk rather than that of a woman. omen of evil.

    December 10, 2006