- a fabled monster, usually having the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.
Origin of griffin1
Examples from the Web for gryphon
His most recent book of fiction was Gryphon, a collection of stories published in 2011.The National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction
September 19, 2013
The Griffin or Gryphon, the most worthy of the group, is comparatively common.The Handbook to English Heraldry
Alice panted as she ran; but the Gryphon only answered "Come on!"
"Tell her about the reason and all that," he said to the Gryphon.
And the Gryphon added, "Come, let's hear some of your adventures."
"I can tell you more than that, if you like," said the Gryphon.
- a variant of griffin 1
griffon or gryphon
- a winged monster with an eagle-like head and the body of a lion
- a newcomer to the Orient, esp one from W Europe
Word Origin and History for gryphon
alternative spelling of griffin.
c.1200 (as a surname), from Old French grifon "a bird of prey," also "fabulous bird of Greek mythology" (with head and wings of an eagle, body and hind quarters of a lion, believed to inhabit Scythia and guard its gold), from Late Latin gryphus, misspelling of grypus, variant of gryps (genitive grypos), from Greek gryps (genitive grypos) "curved, hook-nosed," in reference to its beak.
Klein suggests a Semitic source, "through the medium of the Hittites," and cites Hebrew kerubh "a winged angel," Akkad. karibu, epithet of the bull-colossus (see cherub). The same or an identical word was used, with uncertain connections, in mid-19c. Louisiana to mean "mulatto" (especially one one-quarter or two-fifths white) and in India from late 18c. to mean "newly arrived European."