1.1An ancient Egyptian stone figure having a lion’s body and a human or animal head, especially the huge statue near the Pyramids at Giza.
- They were going to see the sphinx and come back with souvenirs.
- The building with the sphinx and obelisks in the center housed Akoun's Beautiful Orient with its bazaar offering wares from the Middle East.
- When the sphinx was crumbling they finally repaired it in plaster, which needs replacing every five years, in order to maintain the point of decay, and clarify the difference.
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek Sphinx, apparently from sphingein 'draw tight'.
Words that rhyme with sphinxjinks, jinx, lynx, methinks, minx
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