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or hippogryph

[hip-uh-grif] /ˈhɪp əˌgrɪf/
a fabulous creature resembling a griffin but having the body and hind parts of a horse.
Origin of hippogriff
1645-55; earlier hippogryph, Latinized < Italian ippogrifo. See hippo-, griffin1 Unabridged
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  • I want you to think what message to send by the hippogriff to Mr. Noah.'

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  • That a Pretenderette should dare to speak so to a hippogriff!

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  • The hippogriff offered to bring me; he is the soul of courteous gentleness.

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  • But when the hippogriff was let out of the book, a Great Sloth got out too.

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  • So the hippogriff was entirely its own master as far as the choice of where it was to go was concerned.

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  • So she made no attempt to check the hippogriff or alter its course.

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  • Even as he wondered, the hippogriff spread wings and flew away.

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  • Mount behind me,—mount on my hippogriff, reader; settle yourself at your ease.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • He distinguishes being on the hippogriff from being possessed by passion.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • Those who make a noise, and are not thus distinguishable, are on hippogriff.

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British Dictionary definitions for hippogriff


a monster of Greek mythology with a griffin's head, wings, and claws and a horse's body
Word Origin
C17: from Italian ippogrifo, from ippo- horse (from Greek hippos) + grifogriffin1
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Word Origin and History for hippogriff

also hippogryph, 1650s, from French hippogriffe (16c.), from Italian ippogrifo, from Greek hippos "horse" (see equine) + Italian grifo, from Late Latin gryphus "griffin" (see griffin). A creature part griffin, but with body and hind parts in the form of a horse.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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