Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

The Wordnik Word of the Day for October 27, 2010

I thought as I came across notable words from Wordnik's Word of the Day service, I'd post them here. Here's today's.

The Wordnik Word of the Day for October 27, 2010 is

lamia

(noun) An enticing witch, who charmed children and youths for the purpose of feeding on their blood and flesh, like the later vampire; a female demon; hence, in general, a destroying witch or hag.

'Lamia' means literally in Greek 'swallower, lecher,' and comes from 'laimos,' meaning throat, gullet.

Example:

"It was not very long, however, before a lamia came under the tree and called out: 'Letiko, Letiko, come down and see what beautiful shoes I have on.'"

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