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[oh-pin-i-kuh s] /oʊˈpɪn ɪ kəs/
noun, plural opinicuses.
a heraldic monster having the head, neck, and wings of an eagle, the body of a lion, and the tail of a bear.
Origin of opinicus
First recorded in 1770-80; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • opinicus, a fabulous winged creature with the head of a griffin, the body of a lion, and the tail of a camel; a heraldic symbol.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • The opinicus (Fig. 439) is another monster seldom met with in armory.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

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