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griffon

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[ grif-uhn ]
/ ˈgrɪf ən /
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noun
a vulture of the genus Gyps, especially G. fulvus, of southern Europe.
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Origin of griffon

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1350–1400; Middle English griffoun<French; see griffin1

Other definitions for griffon (2 of 2)

griffon2
[ grif-uhn ]
/ ˈgrɪf ən /

noun
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 griffon

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1820–30; <French; akin to griffin1
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British Dictionary definitions for griffon (1 of 2)

griffon1
/ (ˈɡrɪfən) /

noun
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)

Word Origin for griffon

C19: from French: griffin 1

British Dictionary definitions for griffon (2 of 2)

griffon2
/ (ˈɡrɪfən) /

noun
a variant of griffin 1
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