is a creature that allegedly attacked Jerusalem
in the early eighteenth century. According to local lore, it was formed of the blood of murder victims and would kill anyone who came near it. The chimerical
monster was said to be nearly 50 feet long, with the head of a lion, the beak and talons of an eagle, and the tail of a scorpion, with which venom was its principal weapon
, much like a manticore
. It was also completely covered with chain mail
that appeared to be made from mother of pearl
Its only weak point proved to be, not unlike Chimera, having a spear flung down its throat.
It is known by no other name, aside from translation.
. Myths, Gods and Fantasy. A Sourcebook. Dorset
: Prism Press
, p. 201.