or wi·vern

[ wahy-vern ]
/ ˈwaɪ vərn /

noun Heraldry.

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

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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less commonly wivern

/ (ˈwaɪvən) /


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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