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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Echidna (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 Col’chian dragon, the Sphinx, Cer’beros, Scylla, the Gorgons, the Lernæan hydra, the vulture that gnawed away the liver of Prome’theus, and the Nem’ean lion. (Hesiod.)
“[She] seemed a woman to the waist, and fair
But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
Voluminous and vast.”
Milton: Paradise Lost, book ii. 650–2.



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