Main Entry: sphinx

Pronunciation: 'sfi(ng)(k)s

Function: noun

Inflected Form(s): plural sphinx·es or sphin·ges /'sfin-"jEz/

Etymology: Latin, from Greek Sphinx, Sphix

  1. a (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 riddle
    b : an enigmatic or mysterious person
  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 /-"lIk/ adjective

Finally, one that webster 1913 didn't get to!

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