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manticore

[ man-ti-kawr, -kohr ]
/ ˈmæn tɪˌkɔr, -ˌkoʊr /
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noun

a legendary monster with a man's head, horns, a lion's body, and the tail of a dragon or, sometimes, a scorpion.

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Origin of manticore

1300–50; Middle English <Latin mantichōrās<Greek, erroneous reading for martichṓras<Iranian; compare Old Persian martiya- man, Avestan xvar- devour, Persian mardom-khar< man-eating; probably ultimately alluding to the tiger, once common in the Caspian Sea region
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British Dictionary definitions for manticore

manticore
/ (ˈmæntɪˌkɔː) /

noun

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
C21: from Latin manticora, from Greek mantichōrās, corruption of martichorās, from Persian mardkhora man-eater
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