or hip·po·gryph



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

Nearby words

  1. hippocratic nail,
  2. hippocratic oath,
  3. hippocratic succussion sound,
  4. hippocrene,
  5. hippodrome,
  6. hippological,
  7. hippology,
  8. hippolyta,
  9. hippolyte,
  10. hippolytos

Origin of hippogriff

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hippogriff




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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Word Origin and History for hippogriff



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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