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Meaning of lamia

la•mi•a

Pronunciation: (lā'mē-u), [key]
— pl. -mi•as, -mi•ae
  1. 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.
  2. a vampire; a female demon.
  3. (cap., italics.) a narrative poem (1819) by John Keats.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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