E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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. (Hesiod.)