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[grif-uh n]
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  1. a vulture of the genus Gyps, especially G. fulvus, of southern Europe.
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Origin of griffon1

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


[grif-uh n]
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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Origin of griffon2

1820–30; < French; akin to griffin1


[grif-uh n]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. griffin1.
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Examples from the Web for griffon

Historical Examples

  • Griffon spoke German, and had a short colloquy with the officer about us.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The third common vulture is the Himalayan griffon (Gyps himalayensis).

  • 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

    Charles Whymper

  • Or have you the griffon vulture's wings that you may fly over mountains?

    The Wolf Cub

    Patrick Casey

British Dictionary definitions for griffon


  1. any of various small wire-haired breeds of dog, originally from Belgium
  2. any large vulture of the genus Gyps, of Africa, S Europe, and SW Asia, having a pale plumage with black wings: family Accipitridae (hawks)
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Word Origin

C19: from French: griffin 1


  1. a variant of griffin 1
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Word Origin and History for griffon

see griffin.

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