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Sphinx, mythical monster of the ancient Middle East, in Egypt portrayed as a lion with a human head and used as a symbol of the pharaoh. In Greek mythology the sphinx propounded a riddle to travelers on the road to Thebes: When Oedipus answered correctly the sphinx threw herself from her rocky perch.

See also: Mythology.

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