griffin

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[ grif-in ]
/ ˈgrɪf ɪn /
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noun Classical Mythology.

a fabled monster, usually having the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.

Nearby words

  1. griff,
  2. griffa,
  3. griffe,
  4. griffes,
  5. griffes, charles tomlinson,
  6. griffith,
  7. griffith, arthur,
  8. griffith, d. w.,
  9. griffith-joyner,
  10. griffo

Also griffon, gryph·on [grif-uh n] /ˈgrɪf ən/.

Origin of griffin

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1300–50; Middle English griffoun < Middle French grifon < Latin grȳphus < Greek grȳp- (stem of grȳ́ps) curled, curved, having a hooked nose

Related formsgrif·fin·esque, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for gryphon

gryphon

/ (ˈɡrɪfən) /

noun

a variant of griffin 1

griffin

1

griffon or gryphon

/ (ˈɡrɪfɪn) /

noun

a winged monster with an eagle-like head and the body of a lion

Word Origin for griffin

C14: from Old French grifon, from Latin grӯphus, from Greek grups, from grupos hooked

griffin

2
/ (ˈɡrɪfɪn) /

noun

a newcomer to the Orient, esp one from W Europe

Word Origin for griffin

C18: of unknown origin

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