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griffon1

[grif-uh n] /ˈgrɪf ən/
noun
1.
a vulture of the genus Gyps, especially G. fulvus, of southern Europe.
Origin of griffon1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English griffoun < French; see griffin1

griffon2

[grif-uh n] /ˈgrɪf ən/
noun
1.
any of several varieties of the Brussels griffon differing from each other in coloration or in the texture of the coat.
2.
Also called wirehaired pointing griffon. one of a Dutch breed of medium-sized dogs having a coarse, steel-gray or grayish-white coat with chestnut markings, used for pointing and retrieving birds.
Origin
1820-30; < French; akin to griffin1

griffon3

[grif-uh n] /ˈgrɪf ən/
noun, Classical Mythology
1.
griffin1 .
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Examples from the Web for griffon
Historical Examples
  • He had a short, knife-sharp white beard, and a face as lean and haughty as a griffon vulture's.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • griffon spoke German, and had a short colloquy with the officer about us.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The griffon is endowed with wonderful strength of body and powers of flight.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • The third common vulture is the Himalayan griffon (Gyps himalayensis).

  • Instead of A I should prefer to read The, because this griffon is the same which robbed the child before.

  • The resting-place of the griffon Vulture is always on some lofty spot.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • griffon breeders say that if a griffon feels ill it dies, and this is in some measure applicable to Japs also.

    A Manual of Toy Dogs Mrs. Leslie Williams
  • The griffon Vulture is common now, and probably always has been.

    Egyptian Birds Charles Whymper
  • The productions of the griffon are not nearly so handsome, and are occasionally altogether destitute of markings.

  • Of the outlandish monsters the griffon is the oldest and the chief.

British Dictionary definitions for griffon

griffon1

/ˈɡrɪfən/
noun
1.
any of various small wire-haired breeds of dog, originally from Belgium
2.
any large vulture of the genus Gyps, of Africa, S Europe, and SW Asia, having a pale plumage with black wings: family Accipitridae (hawks)
Word Origin
C19: from French: griffin1

griffon2

/ˈɡrɪfən/
noun
1.
a variant of griffin1
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Word Origin and History for griffon

see griffin.

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