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Definition of 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).
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sphinx in Spanish is esfinge