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Definition of Sphinx

Sphinx

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Hence: A person of enigmatical character and purposes, especially in politics and diplomacy.
  4. Any one of numerous species of large moths of the family Sphingidae; -- called also hawk moth.
  5. The Guinea, or sphinx, baboon (Cynocephalus sphinx).

Sphinx Quotations

A beautiful woman can be painted as a totem only; not as a woman, but as a Madonna, a queen, a sphinx.
Saul Steinberg

There are various eyes. Even the Sphinx has eyes: and as a result there are various truths, and as a result there is no truth.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It's like the riddle of the Sphinx... why are there so many great unmarried women, and no great unmarried men?
Sarah Jessica Parker

It is of first-class importance that our answer to the Riddle of the Sphinx should be in step with how we conduct our civilisation, and this should in turn be in step with the actual workings of living systems.
Gregory Bateson

When we find something new at Giza, we announce it to the world. The Sphinx and the Pyramids are world treasures. We are the guardian's of these treasures, but they belong to the world.
Zahi Hawass
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Sphinx Translations

sphinx in Spanish is esfinge
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