griffon

1
[ grif-uh n ]
/ ˈgrɪf ən /
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noun

a vulture of the genus Gyps, especially G. fulvus, of southern Europe.

Nearby words

  1. griffith,
  2. griffith, arthur,
  3. griffith, d. w.,
  4. griffith-joyner,
  5. griffo,
  6. grift,
  7. grifter,
  8. grig,
  9. grigioni,
  10. grignard

Origin of griffon

1
1350–1400; Middle English griffoun < French; see griffin1

griffon

2
[ grif-uh n ]
/ 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

2
1820–30; < French; akin to griffin1

griffon

3
[ grif-uh n ]
/ ˈgrɪf ən /

noun Classical Mythology.

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British Dictionary definitions for griffon

griffon

1
/ (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

noun

a variant of griffin 1
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Word Origin and History for griffon

griffon

see griffin.

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