A monstrous evil spirit in Armenian folk belief. It assumes the form of a woman or a seal and drags swimmers to the bottom of a river. These spirits use their victims for their lust and drink their blood afterward.

In Persian, the term means crocodile.



  • Leach, Maria, ed. (1984). Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend. New York: HarperCollins.