Myrmecoleon

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General Notes

History/Background

Myrmecoleon comes from the Greek words for ant (μύρμηξ [myrmeks]) and lion (λέων [leon]).

There are two interpretations of what a Myrmecoleon is. In one version (found in Medieval bestiaries such as the Hortus Sanitatis of Jacob Meydenbach), the antlion is so called because it is the "lion of ants", a large ant or small animal that hides in the dust and kills ants. In the other version, it is a beast that is the result of a mating between a lion and an ant. It has the face of a lion and the body of an ant, with each part having its appropriate nature. Because the lion part will only eat meat and the ant part can only digest grain, the ant-lion starves.

The ant-lion story may come from a mistranslation of a word in the Septuagint version of the Old Testament, from the book of Job. The word in Hebrew is la'ish (ליש), an uncommon word for lion, which in other translations of Job is rendered as either lion or tiger; in the Septuagint it is translated as mermecolion, ant-lion.

Myrmecoleon
Category-Antlion.jpg
Bestiary
Type Vermin
Family Antlion
Job Warrior
Class Boosted Notorious Monster
Crystal Dark Crystal icon.png Dark Crystal
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