Word of the week: Sphinx

The word Sphinx is a noun and defined as a winged female monster in Greek mythology having a woman’s head and a lion’s body and noted for killing anyone unable to answer its riddle.

The word Sphinx derives from the Greek word Σφίγξ, which is linked to the Greek word σφίγγω or sphingein defined as “to squeeze” or “to tighten up”. This definition may be related to the techniques lions use to kill their prey such as strangulation or biting of the throat. 

The most famous Sphinx comes from the Greek myth involving Oedipus, Greek king of Thebes. The Sphinx is known to guard the Greek city of Thebes. Any traveler wanting to enter the city must answer a riddle. If the traveler is unable to answer, the Sphinx would kill and eat the traveler. 

Let’s see if you can enter the Greek city of Thebes and survive the Sphinx “Which creature has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?”.

Type you answer in the comments below!

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“Sphinx,” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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