hippogriff

or hip·po·gryph

[ hip-uh-grif ]
/ ˈhɪp əˌgrɪf /

noun

a fabulous creature resembling a griffin but having the body and hind parts of a horse.

Origin of hippogriff

1645–55; earlier hippogryph, Latinized < Italian ippogrifo. See hippo-, griffin1
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hippogriff

hippogryph

/ (ˈhɪpəʊˌɡrɪf) /

noun

a monster of Greek mythology with a griffin's head, wings, and claws and a horse's body

Word Origin for hippogriff

C17: from Italian ippogrifo, from ippo- horse (from Greek hippos) + grifo griffin 1
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