Manticore – What is It?

Dear Sara,

What is a manticore?

Best wishes, Polly K.

Dear Polly,


A manticore is a creature originally found in Persian mythology, with a human head, a mouth containing three rows of sharklike teeth, a lion’s body, and may have horns, wings or both. Its name means “maneater” and it is known for eating its human prey whole, also devouring clothes and belongings. It can speak human language and may possess poisonous spines. Manticore is also a type of computer programming language that – it is to be hoped – does not devour one’s computer files.

-Sara Bellum

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Sara Bellum
The name's Sara Bellum, and I'm the editor-at-large here at BuzzyMag - the hostess with the mostess, if you will. I like to think that my first calling is fighting crime and delivering a heaping dose of sweet, sweet justice to all manner of thugs, miscreants, hoodlums, ruffians, and ne'er-do-wells, but unfortunately, violent vigilantism doesn't exactly pay big bucks these days.  

Times are tough, my friends, and I've got bills to pay, so I decided to put my encyclopedic knowledge of all things sci-fi & fantasy-related to use to help me land a day job. To tell you the truth, it's kind of a nice change of pace. My manicures have been lasting a bit longer lately.