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wyvern

or wi·vern

[wahy-vern]
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noun Heraldry.
  1. a two-legged winged dragon having the hinder part of a serpent with a barbed tail.
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Origin of wyvern

1600–10; alteration (with unexplained -n) of earlier wyver, Middle English < Anglo-French wivre (Old French guivre) < Latin vīpera viper
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Related Words

basilisk, hydra, tarragon, wyvern

Examples from the Web for wyvern

Historical Examples

  • And now the Wyvern swung it back and forth in a metronome sweep.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • Passing the Wyvern as if he did not see them, Thorvald came directly to Shann.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • They have these disks, one to a Wyvern, and they control forces with them.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • Thorvald and the Wyvern were linked in a tight circuit which excluded Shann.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • Yet he had been sent there to get the Throg free and out of Wyvern territory.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton


British Dictionary definitions for wyvern

wyvern

less commonly wivern

noun
  1. a heraldic beast having a serpent's tail and a dragon's head and a body with wings and two legs
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Word Origin

C17: variant of earlier wyver, from Old French, from Latin vīpera viper
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Word Origin and History for wyvern

n.

c.1600, formed (with excrescent -n) from Middle English wyver (c.1300), from Anglo-French wivre, from Old North French form of Old French guivre "snake," from Latin vipera "viper" (see viper). In heraldry, a winged dragon with eagle's feet and a serpent's barbed tail.

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