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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.

[Middle English manticores, from Latin mantichōra, from Greek mantikhōras, variant of martiokhōras, from Old Iranian *martiya-khvāra-, man-eater : *martiya-, man; see mer- in Indo-European roots + *-khvāra-, eater; see swel- in Indo-European roots.]


(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]


(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
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Noun1.manticore - a mythical monster having the head of man (with horns) and the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpionmanticore - a mythical monster having the head of man (with horns) and the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion
mythical creature, mythical monster - a monster renowned in folklore and myth
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