- a vulture of the genus Gyps, especially G. fulvus, of southern Europe.
Origin of griffon1
1350–1400; Middle English griffoun < French; see griffin1
- any of several varieties of the Brussels griffon differing from each other in coloration or in the texture of the coat.Compare Belgian griffon, Brabançon, Brussels griffon.
- Also called wirehaired pointing griffon. one of a Dutch breed of medium-sized dogs having a coarse, steel-gray or grayish-white coat with chestnut markings, used for pointing and retrieving birds.
Origin of griffon2
1820–30; < French; akin to griffin1
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Examples from the Web for griffon
Griffon spoke German, and had a short colloquy with the officer about us.My Double Life
The third common vulture is the Himalayan griffon (Gyps himalayensis).Birds of the Indian Hills
The resting-place of the Griffon Vulture is always on some lofty spot.Bible Animals;
J. G. Wood
The Griffon Vulture is common now, and probably always has been.Egyptian Birds
Or have you the griffon vulture's wings that you may fly over mountains?The Wolf Cub
- any of various small wire-haired breeds of dog, originally from Belgium
- any large vulture of the genus Gyps, of Africa, S Europe, and SW Asia, having a pale plumage with black wings: family Accipitridae (hawks)
C19: from French: griffin 1
- a variant of griffin 1
Word Origin and History for griffon
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