hippo griff

hippogriff

[hip-uh-grif]
noun
a fabulous creature resembling a griffin but having the body and hind parts of a horse.
Also, hippogryph.


Origin:
1645–55; earlier hippogryph, Latinized < Italian ippogrifo. See hippo-, griffin1

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hippogriff or hippogryph (ˈhɪpəʊˌɡrɪf)
 
n
a monster of Greek mythology with a griffin's head, wings, and claws and a horse's body
 
[C17: from Italian ippogrifo, from ippo- horse (from Greek hippos) + grifogriffin1]
 
hippogryph or hippogryph
 
n
 
[C17: from Italian ippogrifo, from ippo- horse (from Greek hippos) + grifogriffin1]

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hippogriff
1656, from Fr. hippogriffe (16c.), from It. ippogrifo, from Gk. hippos "horse" + It. grifo, from L.L. gryphus "griffin" (see griffin). A creature part griffin, but with body and hind parts in the form of a horse.
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