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sphinx

sphinx

 
pronunciation:
sfIngks
part of speech: noun
inflections: sphinges, sphinxes
definition 1: in Egyptian mythology, a creature with a lion's body and the head of a human or animal.
definition 2: (cap.) the huge stone statue at Giza, Egypt, representing such a creature.
 
definition 3: in Greek mythology, a creature with the head and breast of a woman, the body of a lion, and the wings of an eagle, such as the creature that terrorized Thebes and was destroyed when Oedipus guessed its riddle.
definition 4: one that is mysterious or hard to understand; enigma.