[ oh-pin-i-kuhs ]

noun,plural o·pin·i·cus·es.
  1. a heraldic monster having the head, neck, and wings of an eagle, the body of a lion, and the tail of a bear.

Origin of opinicus

First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain

Words Nearby opinicus

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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