nounplural noun lamias, plural noun lamiae/-mēˌē/
A mythical monster, with the body of a woman or with the head and breasts of a woman and the body of a snake, said to prey on human beings and suck the blood of children.‘We lamia were not supposed to fall in love with humans, but I was willing to break every existing rule for her.’
- ‘Leinweber discusses the development of beliefs about sorcerers and female vampires (lamiae) in Greek and Roman texts through Apuleius and shows how they prefigured modern witchcraft and vampire legends.’
- ‘This has obvious parallels with the striges and lamiae of classical myth and belief.’
- ‘Another explores the death of Mozart and Van Gogh as the result of haunting by lamia.’
Via Latin from Greek, denoting a carnivorous fish or mythical monster.
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