MANTICORE: A lion with the face of an old man and a scorpion's tail.
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A dangerous, predatory creature, the manticore has many rows of sharp teeth to devour its human victims. Its tail shoots deadly quills, and its voice sounds like a melody of pipes. Some have wings or a dragon's tail.
This creature originated in Persian tails. When humans disappeared in olden times, the manticore was sometimes blamed. Its name means "man-eater." Manticores appear in modern-day literature such as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and George R.R. Martin's A Clash of Kings.
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