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sphinx

noun [C] uk   /sfɪŋks/ (plural sphinx or sphinxes) us  
an ancient imaginary creature with a lion's body and a woman's headLegendary and mythological characters the Sphinx a large stone statue with a lion's body and a person's head, that stands in the desert near Cairo in EgyptSculpture
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