mythical being

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n an imaginary being of myth or fable

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Augeas
(Greek mythology) the mythical Greek king who for 30 years did not clean his stables which contained his vast herd of cattle
Alcyone
(Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher
Arjuna
(Hindu mythology) the warrior prince in the Bhagavad-Gita to whom Krishna explains the nature of being and of God and how humans can come to know God
Scylla
(Greek mythology) a sea nymph transformed into a sea monster who lived on one side of a narrow strait; drowned and devoured sailors who tried to escape Charybdis (a whirlpool) on the other side of the strait
Stentor
the mythical Greek warrior with an unusually loud voice who died after losing a shouting contest with Hermes
Dardanus
(Greek mythology) founder of Troy
Ganymede
(Greek mythology) a Trojan boy who was so beautiful that Zeus carried him away to serve as cupbearer to the gods
Hyperborean
(Greek mythology) one of a people that the ancient Greeks believed lived in a warm and sunny land north of the source of the north wind
Niobe
(Greek mythology) the daughter of Tantalus whose boasting about her children provoked Apollo and Artemis to slay them all; Niobe was turned to stone while bewailing her loss
Perseus
(Greek mythology) the son of Zeus who slew Medusa (with the help of Athena and Hermes) and rescued Andromeda from a sea monster
Andromeda
(Greek mythology) an Ethiopian princess and daughter of Cassiopeia; she was fastened to a rock and exposed to a sea monster that was sent by Poseidon, but she was rescued by Perseus and became his wife
Cepheus
(Greek mythology) king of Ethiopia and husband of Cassiopeia
Cassiopeia
(Greek mythology) the wife of Cepheus and mother of Andromeda
Midas
(Greek legend) the greedy king of Phrygia who Dionysus gave the power to turn everything he touched into gold
Sisyphus
(Greek legend) a king in ancient Greece who offended Zeus and whose punishment was to roll a huge boulder to the top of a steep hill; each time the boulder neared the top it rolled back down and Sisyphus was forced to start again
Narcissus
(Greek mythology) a beautiful young man who fell in love with his own reflection
Nibelung
(German mythology) a companion or follower of Siegfried
Bellerophon
(Greek mythology) a mythical hero of Corinth who performed miracles on the winged horse Pegasus (especially killing the monster Chimera)
Paris
(Greek mythology) the prince of Troy who abducted Helen from her husband Menelaus and provoked the Trojan War
Patroclus
(Greek mythology) a friend of Achilles who was killed in the Trojan War; his death led Achilles to return to the fight after his quarrel with Agamemnon
Pegasus
(Greek mythology) the immortal winged horse that sprang from the blood of the slain Medusa; was tamed by Bellerophon with the help of a bridle given him by Athena; as the flying horse of the Muses it is a symbol of highflying imagination
Sarpedon
(Greek mythology) a son of Zeus who became king of Lycia; fought on behalf of the Trojans in the Trojan War and was killed by Patroclus
Siegfried
(German mythology) mythical German warrior hero of the Nibelungenlied who takes possession of the accursed treasure of the Nibelungs by slaying the dragon that guards it and awakens Brynhild and is eventually killed; Sigurd is the Norse counterpart
Sigurd
(Norse mythology) mythical Norse warrior hero who gains an accursed hoard of gold and was killed by Brynhild; Siegfried is the German counterpart
Enkidu
legendary friend of Gilgamish
Gilgamish
legendary Sumerian king and hero of Sumerian and Babylonian epics
Sita
wife of the Hindu god Rama; regarded as an ideal of womanhood
Hero
(Greek mythology) priestess of Aphrodite who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while trying to swim the Hellespont to see her
Leander
(Greek mythology) a youth beloved of Hero who drowned in a storm in the Hellespont on one of his nightly visits to see her
Pygmalion
(Greek mythology) a king who created a statue of a woman and fell in love with it; Aphrodite brought the sculpture to life as Galatea
Galatea
(Greek mythology) a maiden who was first a sculpture created by Pygmalion and was brought to life by Aphrodite in answer to Pygmalion's prayers
Romulus
(Roman mythology) founder of Rome; suckled with his twin brother Remus by a wolf after their parents (Mars and Rhea Silvia) abandoned them; Romulus killed Remus in an argument over the building of Rome
Remus
(Roman mythology) the twin brother of Romulus
Daedalus
(Greek mythology) an Athenian inventor who built the labyrinth of Minos; to escape the labyrinth he fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus
Icarus
(Greek mythology) son of Daedalus; while escaping from Crete with his father (using the wings Daedalus had made) he flew too close to the sun and the wax melted and he fell into the Aegean and drowned
Procrustes
(Greek mythology) a mythical giant who was a thief and murderer; he would capture people and tie them to an iron bed, stretching them or hacking off their legs to make them fit; was killed by Theseus
Eurydice
(Greek mythology) the wife of Orpheus
Orion
(Greek mythology) a giant Boeotian hunter who pursued the Pleiades and was eventually slain by Artemis; was then placed in the sky as a constellation
Orpheus
(Greek mythology) a great musician; when his wife Eurydice died he went to Hades to get her back but failed
Psyche
(Greek mythology) a beautiful princess loved by Cupid who visited her at night and told her she must not try to see him; became the personification of the soul
Heracles
(classical mythology) a hero noted for his strength; performed 12 immense labors to gain immortality
Pandora
(Greek mythology) the first woman; created by Hephaestus on orders from Zeus who presented her to Epimetheus along with a box filled with evils
Fenrir
(Norse mythology) an enormous wolf that was fathered by Loki and that killed Odin
Volund
(Norse mythology) a wonderful smith; identified with Anglo-Saxon Wayland and Teutonic Wieland
Yggdrasil
(Norse mythology) a huge ash tree whose roots and branches hold the earth and Heaven and Hell together
Ymir
(Norse mythology) the primeval giant slain by Odin and his brothers and from whose body they created the world: the sea from his blood; the earth from his flesh; the mountains from his bones; the sky from his skull
Wayland the Smith
(European mythology) a supernatural smith and king of the elves; identified with Norse Volund
Ajax
a mythical Greek hero; a warrior who fought against Troy in the Iliad
Valkyrie
(Norse mythology) one of the maidens of Odin who chose heroes to be slain in battle and conducted them to Valhalla
Jason
(Greek mythology) the husband of Medea and leader of the Argonauts who sailed in quest of the Golden Fleece
Medea
(Greek mythology) a princess of Colchis who aided Jason in taking the Golden Fleece from her father
Laertes
(Greek mythology) the father of Odysseus
Odysseus
(Greek mythology) a famous mythical Greek hero; his return to Ithaca after the siege of Troy was described in the Odyssey
Ulysses
(Roman mythology) Roman spelling for Odysseus
Penelope
(Greek mythology) the wife of Odysseus and a symbol of devotion and fidelity; for 10 years while Odysseus fought the Trojan War she resisted numerous suitors until Odysseus returned and killed them
Theseus
(Greek mythology) a hero and king of Athens who was noted for his many great deeds: killed Procrustes and the Minotaur and defeated the Amazons and united Attica
Tantalus
(Greek mythology) a wicked king and son of Zeus; condemned in Hades to stand in water that receded when he tried to drink and beneath fruit that receded when he reached for it
Achilles
a mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy; when he was a baby his mother tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable--his `Achilles' heel'
Aeneas
a mythical Greek warrior who was a leader on the Trojan side of the Trojan War; hero of the Aeneid
Atreus
(Greek mythology) the king of Mycenae and father of Agamemnon and of Menelaus
Agamemnon
(Greek mythology) the king who lead the Greeks against Troy in the Trojan War
Menelaus
(Greek mythology) the king of Sparta at the time of the Trojan War; brother of Agamemnon; husband of Helen
Iphigenia
(Greek mythology) the daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon; Agamemnon was obliged to offer her as a sacrifice to Artemis when the Greek fleet was becalmed on its way to Troy; Artemis rescued her and she later became a priestess
Clytemnestra
(Greek mythology) wife of Agamemnon who had him murdered when he returned from the Trojan War
Aegisthus
(Greek mythology) the seducer of Clytemnestra and murderer of Agamemnon who usurped the throne of Mycenae until Agamemnon's son Orestes returned home and killed him
Orestes
(Greek mythology) the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra; his sister Electra persuaded him to avenge Agamemnon's death by killing Clytemnestra and Aegisthus
Antigone
(Greek mythology) the daughter of King Oedipus who disobeyed her father and was condemned to death
Creon
(Greek mythology) the brother of Jocasta and uncle of Antigone who became king of Thebes after the fall of Oedipus
Jocasta
(Greek mythology) queen of Thebes who unknowingly married her own son Oedipus
Electra
(Greek mythology) the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra; persuaded her brother (Orestes) to avenge Agamemnon's death by helping her to kill Clytemnestra and her lover (Aegisthus)
Laocoon
(Greek mythology) the priest of Apollo who warned the Trojans to beware of Greeks bearing gifts when they wanted to accept the Trojan Horse; a god who favored the Greeks (Poseidon or Athena) sent snakes who coiled around Laocoon and his two twin sons killing them
Laius
(Greek mythology) king of Thebes who was unwittingly killed by his son Oedipus
Myrmidon
(Greek mythology) a member of the warriors who followed Achilles on the expedition against Troy
King Oedipus
(Greek mythology) a tragic king of Thebes who unknowingly killed his father Laius and married his mother Jocasta; the subject of the drama `Oedipus Rex' by Sophocles
Tiresias
(Greek mythology) the blind prophet of Thebes who revealed to Oedipus that Oedipus had murdered his father and married his mother
Peleus
a king of the Myrmidons and father of Achilles
Hector
(Greek mythology) a mythical Trojan who was killed by Achilles during the Trojan War
Helen of Troy
(Greek mythology) the beautiful daughter of Zeus and Leda who was abducted by Paris; the Greek army sailed to Troy to get her back which resulted in the Trojan War
Leda
(Greek mythology) a queen of Sparta who was raped by Zeus who had taken the form of a swan; Helen of Troy was conceived in the rape of Leda
Priam
(Greek mythology) the last king of Troy; father of Hector and Paris and Cassandra
Sasquatch
large hairy humanoid creature said to live in wilderness areas of the United States and Canada
Loch Ness monster
a large aquatic animal supposed to resemble a serpent or plesiosaur of Loch Ness in Scotland
Fafnir
(Norse mythology) the Norse dragon that guarded a treasure and was slain by Sigurd
Python
(Greek mythology) dragon killed by Apollo at Delphi
Eumenides
(classical mythology) the hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals
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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
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
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
legendary creature
a monster that is unverifiable but popularly accepted as possibly factual
amphisbaena
(classical mythology) a serpent with a head at each end of its body
basilisk
(classical mythology) a serpent (or lizard or dragon) able to kill with its breath or glance
centaur
(classical mythology) a mythical being that is half man and half horse
Cerberus, hellhound
(Greek mythology) the three-headed dog guarding the entrance to Hades; son of Typhon
Chimaera, Chimera
(Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail; daughter of Typhon
cockatrice
monster hatched by a reptile from a cock's egg; able to kill with a glance
dragon, firedrake
a creature of Teutonic mythology; usually represented as breathing fire and having a reptilian body and sometimes wings
Geryon
(Greek mythology) a mythical monster with three heads that was slain by Hercules
Gorgon
(Greek mythology) any of three winged sister monsters and the mortal Medusa who had live snakes for hair; a glance at Medusa turned the beholder to stone
griffin, griffon, gryphon
winged monster with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion
Harpy
(Greek mythology) vicious winged monster; often depicted as a bird with the head of a woman
Hydra
(Greek mythology) monster with nine heads; when struck off each head was replaced by two new ones
leviathan
monstrous sea creature symbolizing evil in the Old Testament
mantichora, manticora, manticore, mantiger
a mythical monster having the head of man (with horns) and the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion
Minotaur
(Greek mythology) a mythical monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man; slain by Theseus
Nemean lion
(Greek mythology) an enormous lion strangled by Hercules as the first of his 12 labors
roc
mythical bird of prey having enormous size and strength
salamander
reptilian creature supposed to live in fire
Sphinx
(Greek mythology) a riddling winged monster with a woman's head and breast on a lion's body; daughter of Typhon
troll
(Scandanavian folklore) a supernatural creature (either a dwarf or a giant) that is supposed to live in caves or in the mountains
Typhoeus
(Greek mythology) son of Gaea and Tartarus who created the whirlwinds; had a terrifying voice and 100 dragon heads that spurted fire
Typhon
(Greek mythology) a monster with a hundred heads who breathed out flames; son of Typhoeus and father of Cerberus and the Chimera and the Sphinx
loup-garou, lycanthrope, werewolf, wolfman
a monster able to change appearance from human to wolf and back again
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imaginary being, imaginary creature
a creature of the imagination; a person that exists only in legends or myths or fiction

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