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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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