griffins

griffin

1 [grif-in]


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English griffoun < Middle French grifon < Latin grȳphus < Greek grȳp- (stem of grȳ́ps) curled, curved, having a hooked nose

griffinesque, adjective
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griffin

2 [grif-in]
noun
(in India and the East) a newcomer, especially a white person from a Western country.

Origin:
1785–95; origin uncertain

griffinage, griffinhood, griffinism, noun
griffinish, adjective

Griffin

[grif-in]
noun
1.
a city in W Georgia.
2.
a male given name.
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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]

griffin2 (ˈɡrɪfɪn)
 
n
a newcomer to the Orient, esp one from W Europe
 
[C18: of unknown origin]

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griffin
c.1200, from O.Fr. grifon "a bird of prey," also "fabulous bird of Gk. mythology" (with head and wings of an eagle, body and hind quarters of a lion, believed to inhabit Scythia and guard its gold), from L.L. gryphus, misspelling of grypus, variant of gryps (gen. grypos), from Gk. gryps (gen. grypos)
"curved, hook-nosed," in reference to its beak. But Klein suggests a Sem. source, "through the medium of the Hittites," and cites Heb. kerubh "a winged angel," Akkad. karibu, epithet of the bull-colossus (see cherub).
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