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opinicus

[ oh-pin-i-kuhs ]
/ oʊˈpɪn ɪ kəs /
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noun, plural o·pin·i·cus·es.
a heraldic monster having the head, neck, and wings of an eagle, the body of a lion, and the tail of a bear.
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Origin of opinicus

First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain
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How to use opinicus in a sentence

  • The Opinicus (Fig. 439) is another monster seldom met with in armory.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry|Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • Opinicus, a fabulous winged creature with the head of a griffin, the body of a lion, and the tail of a camel; a heraldic symbol.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia|Edited by Rev. James Wood
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