E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The terrible monster of Sicily. A cross between a land-tiger and sea-shark. He devoured five hundred Sicilians, and left the island for twenty miles round without inhabitant. This amphibious monster was slain by the three sons of St. George. (The Seven Champions of Christendom, iii. 2.) A loose name for African anthropoid apes.