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also hip·po·gryph  (hĭp′ə-grĭf′)
n. Mythology
A monster having the wings, claws, and head of a griffin and the body and hindquarters of a horse.

[French hippogriffe, from Italian ippogrifo : Greek hippos, horse; see ekwo- in Indo-European roots + Italian grifo, griffin (from Latin grȳphus; see griffin).]


(ˈhɪpəʊˌɡrɪf) or


(Classical Myth & Legend) a monster of Greek mythology with a griffin's head, wings, and claws and a horse's body
[C17: from Italian ippogrifo, from ippo- horse (from Greek hippos) + grifo griffin1]


or hip•po•gryph

(ˈhɪp əˌgrɪf)

a fabled creature resembling a griffin but having the body and hind parts of a horse.
[1645–55; Latinization of Italian ippogrifo. See hippo-, griffin]
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After many marvelous adventures, which include his rescue of Bradamant from the enchanted castle in which Atlantes, a magician, holds him prisoner, his ride on a flying hippogryph, his slaying of the giantess Eriphilia, his rescue of Angelica from the monstrous orc, his forgetting of Bradamant while he woos and loses Angelica, his victory over Mandricardo, his sojourn on a desert island, and his Christian baptism, he is finally restored to his beloved Bradamant.
Shaggy-haired Hagrid is at home with his spiders, hippogryphs, and blast-ended skrewts and he continually prophesies the eventual triumph of young Harry.