from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A legendary monster having the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the tail of a dragon or scorpion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mythical beast with the body of a lion, the tail of a scorpion, and the head of a man, said to be able to shoot spikes from its tail or mane.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fabulous monster having the body of a beast of prey, with a human head.
- n. An unidentified and perhaps imaginary kind of monkey.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mythical monster having the head of man (with horns) and the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion
A manticore is a vulnerable creature, lacking human hands to defend the softness of its face, and the sting compensates for that vulnerability.
Yes, that is six-year-old me with a stuffy manticore.
Before her eyes, the manticore began changing, and then she was staring down into the slanty eyes of a humongous, serpentine python.
No more worrying about whether or not I will eat the, uh ...slow roasted manticore or spicy phoenix curry or bbq dragon spare ribs.
Kyron glanced back and forth between the manticore and a group of zombies that was coming closer.
He stabbed the manticore again and again, pushing it away.
Erec bared his teeth at the thing and growled, holding his hands out like claws, and the manticore stepped back.
Of course, being a manticore it was impossible to destroy, and its wounds healed almost as fast as they were made.
I battled a manticore every night for most of my life.
“Youse saved us from that bad manticore beast that was after us.”