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Sphinx
Sphinx

the Sphinx

a) also the Great Sphinx a large, very ancient sphinx which is close to the Pyramids of El Giza in Egypt and is visited by many tourists
b) in Greek mythology, a creature with the head of a woman and the body of a lion. She lay outside Thebes and killed people who could not answer her riddle (=very difficult question). Oedipus answered the riddle, and the Sphinx killed herself.

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