lamia

[ ley-mee-uh ]
/ ˈleɪ mi ə /

noun, plural la·mi·as, la·mi·ae [ley-mee-ee] /ˈleɪ miˌi/ for 1, 2.

Classical Mythology. one of a class of fabulous monsters, commonly represented with the head and breast of a woman and the body of a serpent, said to allure youths and children in order to suck their blood.
a vampire; a female demon.
(initial capital letter, italics) a narrative poem (1819) by John Keats.

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Origin of lamia

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin <Greek lámia a female man-eater
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lamia
/ (ˈleɪmɪə) /

noun plural -mias or -miae (-mɪˌiː)

classical myth one of a class of female monsters depicted with a snake's body and a woman's head and breasts
a vampire or sorceress

Word Origin for lamia

C14: via Latin from Greek Lamia
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