known as a manticore in English; a mythical animal typically depicted as having the body of a lion, the head of a man, and the sting of a scorpion. It was thought to have romaed the jungles of India and, like the Sphinx, would ask travellers a riddle and kill them when they failed to answer it.

Etymology: from early middle Persian, مارتیا martya, “man” (as in human) and خوار xwar- “to eat”.

[Wen Hsu]