noun, plural lamias, lamiae [ley-mee-ee] , for 1, 2.
Classical Mythology. one of a class of fabulous monsters, commonly represented with the head and breast of a woman and the body of a serpent, said to allure youths and children in order to suck their blood.
a vampire; a female demon.
(initial capital letter, italics) a narrative poem (1819) by John Keats.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek lámia a female man-eater Unabridged
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lamia (ˈleɪmɪə)
n , pl -mias, -miae
1.  classical myth one of a class of female monsters depicted with a snake's body and a woman's head and breasts
2.  a vampire or sorceress
[C14: via Latin from Greek Lamia]

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1382, from Gk., "female vampire," lit. "swallower, lecher," from laimos "throat, gullet." Probably cognate with L. lemures "spirits of the dead" (see lemur). Used in early translations of the Bible for screech owls and sea monsters.
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city of central Greece in the Sperkhios River valley at the foot of the Othris Mountains, near the Gulf of Euboea. It is the capital of the Fthiotis nomos (department) and the seat of a bishop of the Greek Orthodox church. Lamia commands the strategic Fourka Pass leading northwestward into Thessaly (Thessalia).

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