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Definition: Giant limestone statue near Giza, near the Pyramids. The sphinx was a legendary creature that was said to have asked a very difficult riddle: "What is it that walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs at night?" The legend said that anyone who was asked the riddle but didn't know the answer would be eaten by the big sphinx. Greek mythology says that Oedipus answered the riddle correctly: "Man, who crawls on all fours as a baby, walks on two legs as an adult, and uses a cane (three legs) as an older person." No one knows who had the sphinx built. Thousands of years of wind erosion have worn away much of the sphinx's face, but much of its body remains.

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