- Mythology A figure in Egyptian myth having the body of a lion and the head of a man, ram, or hawk. (noun)
- Greek Mythology A winged creature having the head of a woman and the body of a lion, noted for killing those who could not answer its riddle. (noun)
- A puzzling or mysterious person. (noun)
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