Lamia definition

lāmē-ə
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(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.
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A female vampire.
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(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.
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(folklore) A female demon or vampire.
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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.
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A city in Greece.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lamia
Plural:
lamias

Origin of lamia

  • Middle English from Latin from Greek

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin lamia, from Ancient Greek Λάμια (Lamia).

    From Wiktionary