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sphinx

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noun \ˈsfiŋ(k)s\

Simple Definition of sphinx

  • in ancient Greek and Egyptian stories : a creature with the body of a lion and the head of a person; also : something (such as a statue) in the shape of a sphinx

Full Definition of sphinx

plural sphinx·es or sphin·ges play \ˈsfin-ˌjēz\

  1. 1a capitalized :  a winged female monster in Greek mythology having a woman's head and a lion's body and noted for killing anyone unable to answer its riddleb :  an enigmatic or mysterious person <she is a sphinx whose features hold a blank fascination>

  2. 2 :  an ancient Egyptian image in the form of a recumbent lion having a man's head, a ram's head, or a hawk's head

sphinx·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of sphinx

  1. a statue of the Sphinx



Origin of sphinx

Latin, from Greek Sphinx, Sphix


First Known Use: 15th century



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