sphinx

Part of speech: noun

Gr. Myth. A winged monster that destroyed those unable to guess riddles she propounded.

Part of speech: noun

A moth. hawkmoth.

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Usage examples "sphinx":

  1. The Sphinx had not the courage of his own designs, and she contemptuously flung him out of her way. - "The Missourian", Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle.
  2. " You are rather sphinx- like, mamma! - "The Quality of Mercy", W. D. Howells.
  3. And it was by the Sphinx that I saw The Man. - "Leaves in the Wind", A. G. Gardiner.