from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A monster represented as a serpent with the head and breasts of a woman that ate children and sucked the blood from men.
- n. A female vampire.
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- n. A monster with the head and breasts of a woman and the lower half of a serpent, which ate children and sucked the blood from men.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A monster capable of assuming a woman's form, who was said to devour human beings or suck their blood; a vampire; a sorceress; a witch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fir. and Roman mythology, an enticing witch, who charmed children and youths for the purpose of feeding on their blood and flesh, like the later vampire; a female demon; hence, in general, a destroying witch or hag.
- n. In zoology:
- n. A Fabrician (1775) genus of longicorn beetles, now the type of the family Lamiidæ. L. ædilis is a species the male of which has antenæ) four times as long as the body.
- n. A genus of sharks: same as Lamna.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (folklore) a corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the living
Middle English, from Latin, from Greek.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)