sphinx

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  • A figure in Egyptian myth having the body of a lion and the head of a man, ram, or hawk.
  • A winged creature having the head of a woman and the body of a lion, noted for killing those who could not answer its riddle.
  • A puzzling or mysterious person.
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  • In <em>Greek myth</em>, a female monster, said to have proposed a riddle to the Thebans who passed her as she sat on a rock by the roadside, and to have killed all who were not able to guess it.
  • In <em>Egyptian antiquity</em>, a figure somewhat similar in composition to the Greek, having the body of a lion (never winged), and a male human head or an animal head.
  • In <em>heraldry</em>, a creature with a lion's body and a woman's head, but not necessarily like any ancient original. It is assumed to be winged; when not winged, it should be blazoned “sans wings.”
  • An enigmatic or sphinx-like person; one who talks puzzlingly, or is inscrutable in disposition or character; one whom it is hard to understand.
  • In <em>entomology</em>:
  • A hawk-moth; a member of the genus <em>Sphinx</em> or the family <em>Sphingidæ.</em> See cuts under <em>hawk-moth, hog-caterpillar. Lepidoptera</em>, and <em>Philampelus.</em>
  • The typical genus of the family <em>Sphingidæ.</em>
  • The Guinea baboon, <em>Cynocephalus papio</em> or <em>Papio sphinx.</em> Also called <internalXref urlencoded="sphinx-bahoon">sphinx-bahoon</internalXref>.
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  • In Egyptian art, an image of granite or porphyry, having a human head, or the head of a ram or of a hawk, upon the wingless body of a lion.
  • On Greek art and mythology, a she-monster, usually represented as having the winged body of a lion, and the face and breast of a young woman.
  • Hence: A person of enigmatical character and purposes, especially in politics and diplomacy.
  • Any one of numerous species of large moths of the family <ex>Sphingidæ</ex>; -- called also <altname>hawk moth</altname>. See also tomato worm.
  • The Guinea, or sphinx, baboon (<spn>Cynocephalus sphinx</spn>).
  • a large West African baboon (<spn>Cynocephalus sphinx</spn>), often kept in menageries.
  • Same as <er>Sphinx</er>, 3.
  • A <xref>creature</xref> with the head of a human and the body of an animal (commonly a lion).
  • A person who keeps his <xref>thoughts</xref> and intentions <xref>secret</xref>.
  • A <xref>sphincter</xref>.
  • To decorate with sphinxes.
  • To adopt the posture of the Sphinx.
  • To be <xref>inscrutable</xref>, often through silence.
  • To make one guess at the unknowable
  • To <xref>befuddle</xref>.
  • For the feminine to <xref>co-opt</xref>, dominate, or devour the masculine, especially from a paranoid fear of this happening
  • an inscrutable person who keeps his thoughts and intentions secret
  • (Greek mythology) a riddling winged monster with a woman's head and breast on a lion's body; daughter of Typhon
  • one of a number of large stone statues with the body of a lion and the head of a man that were built by the ancient Egyptians
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