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Sphinx meaning

sphinx - 5 dictionary results

  1. 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. 2. Hence: A person of enigmatical character and purposes, especially in politics and diplomacy.
  3. 3. Any one of numerous species of large moths of the family Sphingidae; -- called also hawk moth.
  4. 4. The Guinea, or sphinx, baboon ( Cynocephalus sphinx).
  5. 5. A fabulous monster which proposed riddles to travellers, and slew those who could not solve them.

sphinx - examples of usage

  1. She offered no comment, but sat in front of him, unresponsive as the sphinx. - "Brand Blotters", William MacLeod Raine.
  2. The younger man watched the still, inscrutable, sphinx- like figure with eyes of grave speculation. - "The Son of his Father", Ridgwell Cullum.
  3. But to this leading question I maintained a sphinx- like silence. - "The Secrets of Potsdam", William Le Queux.
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