(E-kid'-na). Half-woman, half-serpent. She was
mother of the Chimæra, the many-headed dog Orthos, the hundred-headed
dragon of the Hesperides, the Colchian dragon, the Sphinx, Cerberos,
Scylla, the Gorgons, the Lernæan hydra, the vulture that gnawed away
the liver of Prometheus, and the Nemean lion.
[She] seemed a woman to the waist, and fair
But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
Voluminous and vast.
book ii. 650-2.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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