lamia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lamia (folklore) a corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the living
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lamia (Class. Myth) A monster capable of assuming a woman's form, who was said to devour human beings or suck their blood; a vampire; a sorceress; a witch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lamia In fir. and Roman mythology, an enticing witch, who charmed children and youths for the purpose of feeding on their blood and flesh, like the later vampire; a female demon; hence, in general, a destroying witch or hag.
    • n lamia In zoology:
    • n lamia A Fabrician (1775) genus of longicorn beetles, now the type of the family Lamiidæ. L. ædilis is a species the male of which has antenæ) four times as long as the body.
    • n lamia A genus of sharks: same as Lamna.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lamia lā′mi-a in Greek and Roman mythology, a female phantom, a serpent witch who charmed children and youths in order to suck their blood.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr.

Usage

In literature:

I am afraid I cannot throw much light on "Christabel" or "Lamia" by any criticism I can offer.
"Elsie Venner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
He tried in vain to construe Oenone, and to make sense of Lamia.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Of the longer poems in the volume, "Lamia" is the most suggestive.
"English Literature" by William J. Long
L. Aelius Lamia, Aelianus Vetus.
"Dio's Rome, Volume V., Books 61-76 (A.D. 54-211)" by Cassius Dio
These extracts settled Belinda offhand, and she and Lamia laid their heads together and read the book faithfully.
"Lines in Pleasant Places" by William Senior
It was a Lamia among roses.
"Aunt Jane of Kentucky" by Eliza Calvert Hall
Vague stories floated through the mind of Lamia, and the unhappy end of her lovers.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
There, on one of the broadest tombstones she saw sitting a circle of lamias.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
But Leosthenes was killed by a stone from the walls of Lamia, and some Macedonian troops came home from the East to the help of Antipater.
"Aunt Charlotte's Stories of Greek History" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The first is the review, August 1820, of the "Lamia" volume.
"Life of John Keats" by William Michael Rossetti
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In news:

Michelle Pfeiffer plays the youth-obsessed witch Lamia and, with veterans such as Peter O'Toole, gives a jolt of energy to the film, based on Neil Gaiman's book.
Courtesy Paramount Pictures Spelling it out: Michelle Pfeiffer plays Lamia, a wicked witch in 'Stardust.'.
Several weeks ago, I asked for your help in collecting shoes, socks and boots for the Lamia-Afghan Foundation.
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