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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

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

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

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

The pyramid once passed there was still a short way to go before we confronted the Sphinx, in the middle of what our contemporaries have left him of his desert.
Pierre Loti

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

sphinx in Spanish is esfinge
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