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MONSTER, physiology, persons. An animal which has a conformation contrary to the order of nature. Dunglison's Human Physiol. vol. 2, p. 422.
     2. A monster, although born of a woman in lawful wedlock, cannot inherit. Those who have however the essential parts of the human form and have merely some defect of coformation, are capable of inheriting, if otherwise qualified. 2 Bl. Com. 246; 1 Beck's Med. Jurisp. 366; Co. Litt. 7, 8; Dig. lib. 1, t. 5, l. 14; 1 Swift's Syst. 331 Fred. Code, Pt. 1, b. 1, t. 4, s. 4.
     3. No living human birth, however much it may differ from human shape, can be lawfully destroyed. Traill. Med. Jur. 47, see Briand, Med. Leg. 1ere part. c. 6, art. 2, Sec. 3; 1 Fodere, Med. Leg. Sec. 402-405.

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The lair of such a monster would not have been disturbed for hundreds--or thousands--of years.
I haven't the least doubt, sir, that there may have been such monsters as you have spoken of still existing at a much later period than is generally accepted," replied Adam.
He here closed the book and leaned forward in the chair, placing himself accurately in the position which I had occupied at the moment of beholding "the monster.
The death struggle of the monster lasted three days and three nights; in his writhing he beat his tail so violently against the ground, that at ten miles' distance the earth trembled as if with an earthquake.
You can fancy how great was the rejoicing when the news was spread abroad that the terrible monster was dead.
The sight of that monster frightened him almost to death
The monster overtook him and the Marionette found himself in between the rows of gleaming white teeth.
At first he could not understand where that wind was coming from, but after a while he understood that it came from the lungs of the monster.
If you are not a fish, why did you let this monster swallow you?
The monster became a small island, a rock, a reef, but a reef of indefinite and shifting proportions.
From this moment all unlucky casualties which could not be otherwise accounted for were put down to the monster.
resumed Jehanne; "don't you see, sister, that this little monster is at least four years old, and that he would have less appetite for your breast than for a turnspit.