opinicus

[ oh-pin-i-kuh s ]
/ oʊˈpɪn ɪ kəs /

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.

Origin of opinicus

First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for opinicus

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

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry|Arthur Charles Fox-Davies