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.
Origin: 1350–1400;Middle English < Latin < Greeklámia a female man-eater
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.