A manticore has a lion's body, a scorpion's tail, and a man's head with three rows of teeth.
It prowls about in forests and eats people who can't answer its riddles.
Luckily manticores are so rare that no one I know has ever encountered one, and according to official figures more people get injured pulling on their socks than in manticore-related incidents.
Well, that's a relief.
All these old monsters only know really cheesy riddles anyway. As long as you know why the chicken crossed the road* and what's brown and sticky** you should be all right.
Word To Use Today: manticore. This word comes from the Greek word martichorās from the Persian marakhora man-eater.
*To get to the other side.