or wi·vern


noun Heraldry.

a two-legged winged dragon having the hinder part of a serpent with a barbed tail.


Nearby words

  1. wyszynski, stefan,
  2. wyszyński,
  3. wyte,
  4. wythe,
  5. wythe, george,
  6. wywh,
  7. wöhler,
  8. wöhler, friedrich,
  9. wölfflin,
  10. wölfflin, heinrich

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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British Dictionary definitions for wyvern


less commonly wivern


a heraldic beast having a serpent's tail and a dragon's head and a body with wings and two legs

Word Origin for wyvern

C17: variant of earlier wyver, from Old French, from Latin vīpera viper

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Word Origin and History for wyvern



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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