noun, plural la·mi·as, la·mi·ae [ley-mee-ee] /ˈleɪ miˌi/ for 1, 2.
Origin of lamia
Examples from the Web for 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|Lauren Bohn|December 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For the present he determined not to publish Lamia, Isabella, and the other poems written since Endymion.Keats|Sidney Colvin
Lamia was our goal, a city where one finds comfortable quarters and good eating.Vacation days in Greece|Rufus B. Richardson
When the lamia was gone away, Letiko called out: 'Little hares!The Grey Fairy Book|Various
British Dictionary definitions for lamia
noun plural -mias or -miae (-mɪˌiː)
Word Origin for lamia
Word Origin and History 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]