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hippogriff

or hip·po·gryph

[hip-uh-grif]
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noun
  1. a fabulous creature resembling a griffin but having the body and hind parts of a horse.
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Origin of hippogriff

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

  • I want you to think what message to send by the Hippogriff to Mr. Noah.'

    The Magic City

    Edith Nesbit

  • That a Pretenderette should dare to speak so to a Hippogriff!

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    Edith Nesbit

  • The Hippogriff offered to bring me; he is the soul of courteous gentleness.

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    Edith Nesbit

  • So she made no attempt to check the Hippogriff or alter its course.

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    Edith Nesbit

  • Even as he wondered, the Hippogriff spread wings and flew away.

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British Dictionary definitions for hippogriff

hippogriff

hippogryph

noun
  1. a monster of Greek mythology with a griffin's head, wings, and claws and a horse's body
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Word Origin

C17: from Italian ippogrifo, from ippo- horse (from Greek hippos) + grifo griffin 1
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Word Origin and History for hippogriff

n.

also hippogryph, 1650s, from French hippogriffe (16c.), from Italian ippogrifo, from Greek hippos "horse" (see equine) + Italian grifo, from Late Latin gryphus "griffin" (see griffin). A creature part griffin, but with body and hind parts in the form of a horse.

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