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Variant of griffin.


(Classical Myth & Legend) a variant of griffin1


(ˈgrɪf ɪn)

also griffon

a fabled monster, usu. having the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.
[1300–50; Middle English griffoun < Middle French grifon < Latin grȳphus < Greek grȳp-, s. of gryps curled, curved, having a hooked nose]
grif`fin•esque′, adj.
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Noun1.gryphon - winged monster with the head of an eagle and the body of a liongryphon - winged monster with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion
mythical creature, mythical monster - a monster renowned in folklore and myth
References in classic literature ?
IF you don't know what a Gryphon is, look at the picture.
I must go back and see after some executions I have ordered'; and she walked off, leaving Alice alone with the Gryphon.
The Gryphon sat up and rubbed its eyes: then it watched the Queen till she was out of sight: then it chuckled.
she asked the Gryphon, and the Gryphon answered, very nearly in the same words as before, `It's all his fancy, that: he hasn't got no sorrow, you know.
This here young lady,' said the Gryphon, `she wants for to know your history, she do.
from the Gryphon, and the constant heavy sobbing of the Mock Turtle.
At last the Gryphon said to the Mock Turtle, `Drive on, old fellow
Well, then,' the Gryphon went on, `if you don't know what to uglify is, you ARE a simpleton.
So he did, so he did,' said the Gryphon, sighing in his turn; and both creatures hid their faces in their paws.
That's the reason they're called lessons,' the Gryphon remarked: `because they lessen from day to day.
That's enough about lessons,' the Gryphon interrupted in a very decided tone: `tell her something about the games now.
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