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 mantichōra from Greek mantikhōras variant of martiokhōras from Old Iranian martiya-khvāra- man-eater martiya- man ; see mer- in Indo-European roots. -khvāra- 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".