Origin of manticoreMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin manticora ; from Classical Greek mantikh?ras, misreading of martikhoras
Origin of manticoreMiddle English manticores, from Latin mantich&omacron;ra, from Greek mantikh&omacron;ras, variant of martiokh&omacron;ras, from Old Iranian *martiya-khvara-, man-eater : *martiya-, man; see mer- in Indo-European roots + *-khvara-, eater; see swel- in Indo-European roots.
- (Persian mythology), (Greek mythology) A beast with the body of a lion (usually red), the tail of a scorpion, and the head/face of a man with a mouth filled with multiple rows of sharp teeth (like a shark), said to be able to shoot spikes from its tail or mane to paralyse prey. May be horned, winged, or both; its voice is described as a mixture of pipes and trumpets.
Latin mantichÅra, from Greek Î¼Î±Î½Ï„Î¹Ï‡ÏŽÏÎ±Ï‚ (mantichÅras), Î¼Î±ÏÏ„Î¹Ï‡ÏŒÏÎ±Ï‚ (martichoras), Î¼Î±ÏÏ„Î¹Î¿Ï‡ÏŽÏÎ±Ï‚ (martiochÅras) "man-eater, tiger", from Old Persian *martya-Ï‡vÄra "man-eater".