Manticore meaning

măntĭ-kôr
A legendary monster having the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the tail of a dragon or scorpion.
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A mythical monster with the body and legs of a lion, the face of a man, and a tail ending in a sting.
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(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.
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Origin of manticore

  • Middle English manticores from Latin mantichōra from Greek mantikhōras variant of martiokhōras from Old Iranian martiya-khvāra- man-eater martiya- man mer- in Indo-European roots -khvāra- eater swel- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Latin mantichōra, from Greek μαντιχώρας (mantichōras), μαρτιχόρας (martichoras), μαρτιοχώρας (martiochōras) "man-eater, tiger", from Old Persian *martya-χvāra "man-eater".

    From Wiktionary