from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mythical monster having the head of man (with horns) and the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as manticore.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of tiger-beetles of the family Cicindelidæ, founded by Fabricius in 1781, typical of the Mantichorinæ. All are African; M. tuberculata is an example.
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- n. a mythical monster having the head of man (with horns) and the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion
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The belief in the existence of these fabulous beasts may very probably have been due to the materialising of what were originally nothing more than mere arbitrary symbols, as I have already suggested of the phoenix. 114 Thus the account of the mantichora may, as BOSTOCK has suggested, very well be a description of certain hieroglyphic figures, examples of which are still to be found in the ruins of Assyrian and Persian cities.
Among the lower animals, he enumerates horned horses furnished with wings; the mantichora, with the face of a man, three rows of teeth, a lion's body, and a scorpion's tail; the basilisk, whose very glance is fatal; and an insect which cannot live except in the midst of the flames.
The mantichora is described by PLINY (whose statements were unquestioningly accepted by the mediæval naturalists), on the authority of CTESIAS (fl.