griffin


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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 ?
Griffin, however, expressed the need for a little more light.
There was a woman in the shop - elderly female - quite a Griffin - who had never even heard of it by name.
He of the Unicorn,' this one 'He of the Damsels,' that 'He of the Phoenix,' another 'The Knight of the Griffin,' and another 'He of the Death,' and by these names and designations they were known all the world round; and so I say that the sage aforesaid must have put it into your mouth and mind just now to call me 'The Knight of the Rueful Countenance,' as I intend to call myself from this day forward; and that the said name may fit me better, I mean, when the opportunity offers, to have a very rueful countenance painted on my shield.
When you are half-way over, throw it down, and out of the waters will immediately spring up a high nut-tree on which the griffin will be able to rest, otherwise he would not have the strength to bear you the whole way; if, therefore, thou dost forget to throw down the nut, he will let you both fall into the sea.
Fortunately, the ground where the tent had been pitched, being Just before the city gates, was hard and smooth; and while the Ant still crawled about, Glinda discovered it and ran quickly forward to effect its capture But, Just as her hand was descending, the Witch, now fairly frantic with fear, made her last transformation, and in the form of a huge Griffin sprang through the wall of the tent -- tearing the silk asunder in her rush -- and in a moment had darted away with the speed of a whirlwind.
The griffin was itself a compound creature, half lion and
See his "The New Physiology and Other Addresses," Griffin,
If a roc, an eagle, a griffin, a flying elephant, a winged sea-horse, had suddenly appeared, and, taking him on its back, carried him bodily into the heart of the 'Salwanners,' it would have been to him as an everyday occurrence, in comparison with what he now beheld.
You might jist as well call her a griffin, or a unicorn, or a king's arms at once, which is wery well known to be a collection o' fabulous animals,' added Mr.
I shall want you to come along with us, Mr Brass, and the--' he looked at Miss Sally as if in some doubt whether she might not be a griffin or other fabulous monster.
The geologist has discovered that the figures of serpents, griffins, flying dragons, and other fanciful embellishments of heraldry, have their prototypes in the forms of fossil species which were extinct before man was created, and hence "indicate a faint and shadowy knowledge of a previous state of organic existence.
Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door; above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins and shameless little boys, I detected the date '1500,' and the name 'Hareton Earnshaw.