See also: sphinx
Proper noun edit
- (genus): Eukaryota – superkingdom; Animalia – kingdom; Bilateria – subkingdom; Protostomia – infrakingdom; Ecdysozoa – superphylum; Arthropoda – phylum; Hexapoda - subphylum; Insecta - class; Pterygota - subclass; Neoptera - infraclass; Lepidoptera - order; Glossata - suborder; Heteroneura - infraorder; Ditrysia - division; Cossina - section; Bombycina - subsection; Bombycoidea - superfamily; Sphingidae - family; Sphinginae - subfamily
Alternative forms edit
- Sphynx (archaic)
(šzp, “image, statue, sphinx”) or
(šzp-ꜥnḫ, “living image”) remains unclear.
Proper noun edit
Sphinx (plural Sphinges)
- (usually with "the") An ancient, large statue in Egypt, with the face of a man and the body of a lion, lying near the Great Pyramids.
- (Greek mythology) One of the many offspring of Typhon and Echidna, a winged lion-like creature with a woman's face, who committed suicide out of frustration after Oedipus managed to solve her riddles.
Derived terms edit
large monument in Egypt
Greek mythological creature
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Usage notes edit
- Generally speaking, the word is feminine like its Greek etymon. The masculine is sometimes used in scientific usage when the being or statue in question is male. Since this is the case of the Sphinx of Giza, a hypercorrect belief that the masculine is generally more appropriate may exist in some semi-educated speakers.
Declension of Sphinx [feminine]
Declension of Sphinx [masculine (sometimes in scientific usage with male beings/statues), strong]
Third-declension noun (non-Greek-type or Greek-type, normal variant).