gryphon

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griffin, griffon or gryphon1 (ˈɡrɪfɪn)
 
n
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]
 
griffon, griffon or gryphon1
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French grifon, from Latin grӯphus, from Greek grups, from grupos hooked]
 
gryphon, griffon or gryphon1
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French grifon, from Latin grӯphus, from Greek grups, from grupos hooked]

gryphon (ˈɡrɪfən)
 
n
a variant of griffin

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gryphon
alt. spelling of see griffin (q.v.).
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gryphon

composite mythological creature with a lion's body (winged or wingless) and a bird's head, usually that of an eagle. The griffin was a favourite decorative motif in the ancient Middle Eastern and Mediterranean lands. Probably originating in the Levant in the 2nd millennium BC, the griffin had spread throughout western Asia and into Greece by the 14th century BC. The Asiatic griffin had a crested head, whereas the Minoan and Greek griffin usually had a mane of spiral curls. It was shown either recumbent or seated on its haunches, often paired with the sphinx; its function may have been protective

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