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an inscrutable person who keeps his thoughts and intentions secret

(Greek mythology) a riddling winged monster with a woman's head and breast on a lion's body

one of a number of large stone statues with the body of a lion and the head of a man that were built by the ancient Egyptians

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Four membranous wings covered with little colored scales of metallic appearance; mouth forming a rolled proboscis, produced by an elongation of the jaws, upon the sides of which are found the rudiments of mandibles and downy palpi; the inferior wings retained to the superior by a stiff hair; antennae in the form of an elongated club, prismatic; abdomen pointed, The Death's -- headed Sphinx has occasioned much terror among the vulgar, at times, by the melancholy kind of cry which it utters, and the insignia of death which it wears upon its corslet.
Coming through the bushes by the White Sphinx were the heads and shoulders of men running.
Additional astronomical and calendrical connotations have been spotted in the Sphinx Temple's interior colonnade.
The Great Sphinx at Giza has exerted a powerful hold over man's imagination since ancient times.
The sphinx, a half-lion, half-man statue, is not really the famous Great Sphinx of Egypt.
The Great Sphinx of Giza is one of the prime images by which ancient Egypt is known.
As seems not so commonly recognized, but as I have already shown, the mysterious Sphinx was then usually cited as having been initially "taken from the Tablet of Cebes.
Now it would be uncommon not to do so," says Ron Mann of Sphinx Productions.
The most famous of the sphinxes of legend, the Sphinx was said to have terrorized the people of Thebes by demanding the answer to a riddle taught her by the Muses--what is it that has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?
This mystical bent--Ehrmann himself would call it alchemical--is most pronounce and unsettling in the photographs from Oedipe Sphinx.
The world's largest sphinx is near Cairo at Giza, Egypt.
The SPHINX system, recently developed by graduate student Kai-Fu Lee of Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, matches that level of performance -- but with a significant difference.
1) In Egypt, the Sphinx was usually represented as a wingless lion with the head and breast of a man, typifying the sun god, Ra.
Vanessa Williams 2011 Honorary Chair of Sphinx Artist Series at Carnegie Hall, October 12
A Painting of Napoleon Bonaparte before the Sphinx -- Photo courtesy of Wikipedia CAIRO - 20 January 2018: The Sphinx is one of the historical and popular sites in Egypt.