la·​mia ˈlā-mē-ə How to pronounce lamia (audio)
: a female demon : vampire

Word History


Middle English, from Latin, from Greek, devouring monster; akin to Greek lamyros gluttonous

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lamia was in the 14th century


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“Lamia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

La·​mia lä-ˈmē-ä How to pronounce Lamia (audio)
city in east central Greece northwest of Thermopylae population 43,898

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