(si mir' ə mis) "A legendary Assyrian queen, the founder of Babylon, noted for her beauty and strength." --The Random House College Dictionary.
"This Chaldean queen [was] a fit and remarkable prototype of the 'woman' in the Apocalypse, with the golden cup in her hand, and the name on her forehead, 'Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.'" --Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, p. 6.
See Revelation 17:4