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griffon

2 [grif-uhn]
noun
1.
any of several varieties of the Brussels griffon differing from each other in coloration or in the texture of the coat. Compare Belgian griffon, Brabançon, Brussels griffon.
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

griffon

3 [grif-uhn]
noun Classical Mythology.
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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]

griffon1 (ˈɡrɪfən)
 
n
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)
 
[C19: from French: griffin1]

griffon2 (ˈɡrɪfən)
 
n
a variant of griffin

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griffon

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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Griffon is a type of dog, a collection of breeds of originally hunting dogs.
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