- Class. Myth. any of a class of monsters, half woman and half serpent, supposed to lure people, esp. children, in order to suck their blood
- Folklore a female demon or vampire
Origin of lamiaMiddle English lamya from Classical Latin lamia from Gr; akin to lamos, abyss from Indo-European base an unverified form lem-, with gaping mouth from source Classical Latin lemures, ghosts (see lemur), Welsh llef, voice
nounpl. la·mi·as, or la·mi·ae
- also Lamia Greek Mythology A monster represented as a serpent with the head and breasts of a woman that ate children and sucked the blood from men.
- A female vampire.
Origin of lamiaMiddle English from Latin from Greek
- A monster preying upon human beings and who sucked the blood of children, often described as having the head and breasts of a woman and the lower half of a serpent.
From Latin lamia, from Ancient Greek Λάμια (Lamia).
- A city in Greece.