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A legendary monster having the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the tail of a dragon or scorpion.
(Non-European Myth & Legend) a monster with a lion's body, a scorpion's tail, and a man's head with three rows of teeth. It roamed the jungles of India and, like the Sphinx, would ask travellers a riddle and kill them when they failed to answer it
[C21: from Latin manticora, from Greek mantichōrās, corruption of martichorās, from Persian mardkhora man-eater]
man•ti•core(ˈmæn tɪˌkɔr, -ˌkoʊr)
a legendary monster with a man's head, a lion's body, and the tail of a dragon or a scorpion.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin mantichōrās < Greek]
a mythical or fabulous beast with the head of a man, the body of a lion or tiger, and the feet and tail of a dragon or scorpion. Also spelled mantichora.See also: Animals