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grif·fin

also grif·fon or gryph·on  (grĭf′ən)
n.
A fabulous beast with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.

[Middle English griffoun, from Old French griffon, from grif, from Latin grȳpus, grȳphus, variants of grȳps, grȳp-, from Greek grūps.]

griffin

(ˈɡrɪfɪn) ,

griffon

or

gryphon

n
(Classical Myth & Legend) a winged monster with an eagle-like head and the body of a lion
[C14: from Old French grifon, from Latin grӯphus, from Greek grups, from grupos hooked]

griffin

(ˈɡrɪfɪn)
n
(Peoples) a newcomer to the Orient, esp one from W Europe
[C18: of unknown origin]

grif•fin

(ˈgrɪf ɪn)

also griffon



n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.griffin - winged monster with the head of an eagle and the body of a liongriffin - 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
Translations

griffin

[ˈgrɪfɪn] Ngrifo m

griffin

[ˈgrɪfɪn] griffon [ˈgrɪfən] n (MYTHOLOGY)griffon m

griffin

n (Myth) → (Vogel) Greif m

griffin

[ˈgrɪfɪn] n (Myth) → grifone m
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.