Griffin

Grif"fin

(?), n. An Anglo-Indian name for a person just arrived from Europe. H. Kingsley.

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Grif"fin

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Grif"fon

(?), } n. [OE. griffin, griffon, griffoun, F. griffon, fr. L. gryphus, equiv to gryps, Gr. ; -- so called because of the hooked beak, and akin to grypo`s curved, hook-nosed.]
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1. (Myth.) A fabulous monster, half lion and half eagle. It is often represented in Grecian and Roman works of art.
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2. (Her.) A representation of this creature as an heraldic charge.
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3. (Zol.) A species of large vulture (Gyps fulvus) found in the mountainous parts of Southern Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor; -- called also gripe, and grype. It is supposed to be the "eagle" of the Bible. The bearded griffin is the lammergeir.

[Written also gryphon.]

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4. An English early apple.
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