a legendary monster with a man's head, horns, a lion's body, and the tail of a dragon or, sometimes, a scorpion.
Origin of manticore
1300–50;Middle English < Latinmantichōrās < Greek, erroneous reading for martichṓras < Iranian; compare Old Persianmartiya- man, Avestanxvar- devour, Persianmardom-khar < man-eating; probably ultimately alluding to the tiger, once common in the Caspian Sea region
a monster with a lion's body, a scorpion's tail, and a man's head with three rows of teeth. It roamed the jungles of India and, like the Sphinx, would ask travellers a riddle and kill them when they failed to answer it
Word Origin for manticore
C21: from Latin manticora, from Greek mantichōrās, corruption of martichorās, from Persian mardkhora man-eater
fabulous monster with the body of a lion, head of a man, porcupine quills, and tail or sting of a scorpion, c.1300, from Latin manticora, from Greek mantikhoras, corruption of martikhoras, perhaps from Iranian compound *mar-tiya-khvara "man-eater;" cf. Old Persian maritya- "man" (from PIE *mar-t-yo-, from *mer- "to die," thus "mortal, human;" see mortal (adj.)) + kvar- "to eat," from PIE root *swel- (1) "to eat, drink" (see swallow (v.)).