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la·mi·a

 (lā′mē-ə)
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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lamia

(ˈleɪmɪə)
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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lamia

A mythological monster, half woman and half serpent, preying on human beings.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lamia - (folklore) a corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the livinglamia - (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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lamia

noun
A woman who practices magic:
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References in classic literature ?
Agnes,' 'Isabella,' 'Lamia,' the fragmentary 'Hyperion,' and his half dozen great odes, probably contains more poetry of the highest order than any other book of original verse, of so small a size, ever sent from the press.
The actual argument is framed between two apologies, an introductory one by the lamias and a conclusion by the wise owl.
The invitations to participate in the survey may have deterred some students from participating since they included estimates of the length of time to complete the survey (Crawford, Couper & Lamias, 2001).