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Ἔχιδνα). A monster and robber in Greek legends, half maiden, half snake, the daughter of Chrysaor and Callirrhoé, or, according to another story, of Tartarus and Gaea. Her home was the country of the Arimi in Cilicia, where she brought forth to Typhoeus a number of monsters, Cerberus, the Chimaera, Sphinx, Scylla, the serpent of Lerna, the Nemean lion, the vulture that devoured the liver of Prometheus, etc. (See Typhoeus.) She was surprised in her sleep and slain by Argus. See Herod. iv. 8-10, and the article Argus.

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