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n. pl. la·mi·as or la·mi·ae (-mē-ē′)
1. also Lamia 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.
2. A female vampire.
[Middle English, from Latin, from Greek.]
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n, pl -mias or -miae (-mɪˌiː)
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) classical myth one of a class of female monsters depicted with a snake's body and a woman's head and breasts
2. a vampire or sorceress
[C14: via Latin from Greek Lamia]
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la•mi•a(ˈleɪ mi ə)
n., pl. -mi•as, -mi•ae (-miˌi) .
1. (sometimes cap.) a monster or one of a group of monsters of Greek myth, sometimes represented as half woman and half serpent and reputed to devour or suck the blood of children.
2. a vampire; a female demon.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek lámia]
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A mythological monster, half woman and half serpent, preying on human beings.
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|Noun||1.||lamia - (folklore) a corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the living|
folklore - the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
evil spirit - a spirit tending to cause harm
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