imaginary creature

Definitions of imaginary creature
  1. noun
    a creature of the imagination; a person that exists only in legends or myths or fiction
    synonyms: imaginary being
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    Death
    the personification of death
    Gargantua
    a voracious giant in Francois Rabelais' book of the same name
    Maxwell's demon
    an imaginary creature that controls a small hole in a partition that divides a chamber filled with gas into two parts and allows fast molecules to move in one direction and slow molecules to move in the other direction through the hole; this would result in one part of the container becoming warmer and the other cooler, thus decreasing entropy and violating the second law of thermodynamics
    Martian
    imaginary people who live on the planet Mars
    Humpty Dumpty
    an egg-shaped character in a nursery rhyme who fell off a wall and could not be put back together again (late 17th century)
    Jack Frost
    a personification of frost or winter weather
    Mammon
    (New Testament) a personification of wealth and avarice as an evil spirit
    Father Christmas
    the legendary patron saint of children; an imaginary being who is thought to bring presents to children at Christmas
    Tom Thumb
    an imaginary hero of English folklore who was no taller than his father's thumb
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    hypothetical creature
    a creature that has not been observed but is hypothesized to exist
    mythical being
    an imaginary being of myth or fable
    giant
    an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears in folklore and fairy tales
    hobbit
    an imaginary being similar to a person but smaller and with hairy feet; invented by J.R.R. Tolkien
    mermaid
    half woman and half fish; lives in the sea
    merman
    half man and half fish; lives in the sea
    Cadmus
    (Greek mythology) the brother of Europa and traditional founder of Thebes in Boeotia
    monster
    an imaginary creature usually having various human and animal parts
    witch
    a being (usually female) imagined to have special powers derived from the devil
    character, fictional character, fictitious character
    an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)
    psychopomp
    a conductor of souls to the afterworld
    sylph
    an elemental being believed to inhabit the air
    unicorn
    an imaginary creature represented as a white horse with a long horn growing from its forehead
    halcyon
    a mythical bird said to breed at the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea and to have the power of calming the winds and waves
    alien, extraterrestrial, extraterrestrial being
    a form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere
    bogeyman, booger, boogeyman, bugaboo, bugbear
    an imaginary monster used to frighten children
    Argus
    (Greek mythology) a giant with 100 eyes; was guardian of the heifer Io and was slain by Hermes
    Cyclops
    (Greek mythology) one of a race of giants having a single eye in the middle of their forehead
    giantess
    a female giant
    ogre
    (folklore) a giant who likes to eat human beings
    mythical creature, mythical monster
    a monster renowned in folklore and myth
    phoenix
    a legendary Arabian bird said to periodically burn itself to death and emerge from the ashes as a new phoenix; according to most versions only one phoenix lived at a time and it renewed itself every 500 years
    houri
    (Islam) one of the dark-eyed virgins of perfect beauty believed to live with the blessed in Paradise
    Jotun, Jotunn
    (Norse mythology) one of a race of giants often in conflict with the Aesir
    Mimir
    (Norse mythology) giant who lives in the roots of Yggdrasil and guards the well of wisdom
    Amazon
    (Greek mythology) one of a nation of women warriors of Scythia (who burned off the right breast in order to use a bow and arrow more effectively)
    Gog and Magog
    biblical names of the enemies of God's people who wage war against God at the end of the world
    golem
    (Jewish folklore) an artificially created human being that is given life by supernatural means
    hero
    (classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god
    pythoness
    a witch with powers of divination
    warlock
    a male witch or sorcerer
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    imagination, imaginativeness, vision
    the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses
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