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In Greek mythology, Lamia was a Queen of Libya who became a child-murdering daemon. In later writings she is pluralized into many lamiai. Similar in type to other female monsters from Greco-Roman myth, such as the empousai and the mormolykei, she is distinguished from them by her description as half-woman and half-serpent. Her name comes from the "gullet" (Greek: Laimos), thus she devoured human children.

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