A legendary monster having the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the tail of a dragon or scorpion.
A mythical monster with the body and legs of a lion, the face of a man, and a tail ending in a sting.
(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.
Origin of manticore
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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".