[oh-pin-i-kuh s]

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.

Nearby words

  1. opiate,
  2. opiate receptor,
  3. opiatic,
  4. opine,
  5. opiniated,
  6. opinion,
  7. opinion poll,
  8. opinionate,
  9. opinionated,
  10. opinionative

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