a vulture of the genus Gyps, especially G. fulvus, of southern Europe.
Origin of griffon1
1350–1400; Middle English griffoun
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
akin to griffin1
noun Classical Mythology.
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Historical Examples of griffon
Griffon spoke German, and had a short colloquy with the officer about us.
The third common vulture is the Himalayan griffon (Gyps himalayensis).
The resting-place of the Griffon Vulture is always on some lofty spot.
The Griffon Vulture is common now, and probably always has been.
Or have you the griffon vulture's wings that you may fly over mountains?
British Dictionary definitions for griffon
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
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