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Meaning of SPHINX

Pronunciation:  sfingks

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one of a number of large stone statues with the body of a lion and the head of a man that were built by the ancient Egyptians
  2. [n]  (Greek mythology) a riddling winged monster with a woman's head and breast on a lion's body; daughter of Typhon
  3. [n]  an inscrutable person who keeps his thoughts and intentions secret

SPHINX is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: human, individual, mortal, mythical creature, mythical monster, person, somebody, someone, soul, statue



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sphinx\, n. [L., from Gr. sfi`gx, usually derived from
sfi`ggein to bind tight or together, as if the Throttler.]
   (a) In Egyptian art, an image of granite or porphyry,
       having a human head, or the head of a ram or of a
       hawk, upon the wingless body of a lion.

   The awful ruins of the days of old . . . Or jasper tomb,
   or mutilated sphinx.                        --Shelley.
   (b) On Greek art and mythology, a she-monster, usually
       represented as having the winged body of a lion, and
       the face and breast of a young woman.

Note: The most famous Grecian sphinx, that of Thebes in
      B[oe]otia, is said to have proposed a riddle to the
      Thebans, and killed those who were unable to guess it.
      The enigma was solved by [OE]dipus, whereupon the
      sphinx slew herself. ``Subtle as sphinx.'' --Shak.

2. Hence: A person of enigmatical character and purposes,
   especially in politics and diplomacy.

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of large moths of
   the family {Sphingid[ae]}; -- called also {hawk moth}.

Note: The larva is a stout naked caterpillar which, when at
      rest, often assumes a position suggesting the Egyptian
      sphinx, whence the name.

4. (Zo["o]l.) The Guinea, or sphinx, baboon ({Cynocephalus

{Sphinx baboon} (Zo["o]l.), a large West African baboon
   ({Cynocephalus sphinx}), often kept in menageries.

{Sphinx moth}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Sphinx}, 3.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a sphinx in your dream means fear of the unknown.