noun, plural la·mi·as, la·mi·ae [ley-mee-ee] /ˈleɪ miˌi/ for 1, 2.
Origin of lamia
Related Words for lamiamagician, enchanter, hag, conjurer, sorceress, enchantress, sorcerer, necromancer, occultist
Examples from the Web for lamia
Contemporary Examples of lamia
“The uprising has been a big challenge for us…really, the situation is awful,” said Lamia Assem, director of marketing.Winston Churchill’s Egyptian Getaway: The Old Cataract Hotel
December 15, 2013
Historical Examples of lamia
But before it falls, a Lamia comes to his aid and kills his sister.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
"We had better get the Lamia in condition first," Trask said.
Suppose Dunnan comes and finds nobody here but Spasso and the Lamia?
The Lamia bore a coiled snake with the head, arms and bust of a woman.
From the way the Space Scourge and Lamia people laughed, it evidently was.
noun plural -mias or -miae (-mɪˌiː)
Word Origin for lamia
late 14c., from Latin lamia, from Greek lamia "female vampire," literally "swallower, lecher," from laimos "throat, gullet." Probably cognate with Latin lemures "spirits of the dead" (see lemur). Used in early translations of the Bible for screech owls and sea monsters. Sometimes also, apparently, mermaids.
Also kynde erreþ in som beestes wondirliche j-schape, as it fareþ in a beest þat hatte lamia, þat haþ an heed as a mayde & body as a grym fissche[;] whan þat best lamya may fynde ony man, first a flatereþ wiþ hym with a wommannes face and makeþ hym ligge by here while he may dure, & whanne he may noferþere suffice to here lecherye þanne he rendeþ hym and sleþ and eteþ hym. [John of Trevisa, translation of Bartholomew de Glanville's "De proprietatibus rerum," 1398]