WORDS: Merrian-Webster word of the day MANTICORE
noun | MAN-tih-kor
DefinitioN: a legendary animal with the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the tail of a dragon or scorpion
Did You Know?
A mythical creature of ancient fables, the manticore keeps company with the better-known unicorn, dragon, and griffin. Descriptions of the manticore’s features sometimes differ (some accounts mention porcupine quills or poisonous spikes, for example; others depict the tail as having a serpent’s head), but the animal is by all accounts a dreadful beast.
The recently unearthed stela depicts a manticore and several other frightening and fantastic creatures.
“Here be dragons. Also a cacophony of bird calls, a stunning painting of a stinky plant, and everything you always wanted to know about the manticore(part man, part lion, all the rage in 1658) but were too historically uninformed to ask.”
— Karla Peterson, The San Diego Union Tribune, 27 Aug. 2016
March 29, 2018 at 10:10AM