mantichora


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Noun1.mantichora - a mythical monster having the head of man (with horns) and the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpionmantichora - 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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The Mantichora beetle comes from dry grasslands of east Africa, can grow up to 7cm long and has huge jaws to rip apart its prey.
Above left, a giraffe at West Midlands Safari Park takes his place in the enormous queues Above right, The Dhol Blasters in Brindleyplace as part of the Mad About Music event Right, the world's fiercest beetle, the mantichora from East Africa, which can grow up to 7cm long, is handled by Tim Jenkins from Stratford butterfly centre Pictures by JEREMY PARDOE and SIMON HADLEY
Some other archetypical monstrous hybrids exhibited in mostly medieval texts that have been cited as influencing Dante's largely synthetic depiction of Fraud include the following.(17) An initial (but non-scriptural) model would have been a description, later repeated by Solinus, of a strange beast called by Pliny the "Mantichora" (Historia Naturalis 8:90).