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(248) Lameia

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Discovered 1885 June 5 by J. Palisa at Vienna.

Named for the daughter of Belus loved by Zeus {see planet  (5731)}. Hera {see planet  (103)}, out of jealousy, deformed Lameia and killed all her children but one. Lameia had the face and breasts of a woman and the body of a serpent. Because she could not avenge herself on Hera, Lameia lured strangers so that she might devour them. (Z 146)

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