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[hip-uh-grif] /ˈhɪp əˌgrɪf/
a fabulous creature resembling a griffin but having the body and hind parts of a horse.
Also, hippogryph.
1645-55; earlier hippogryph, Latinized < Italian ippogrifo. See hippo-, griffin1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for hippogriff


a monster of Greek mythology with a griffin's head, wings, and claws and a horse's body
Word Origin
C17: from Italian ippogrifo, from ippo- horse (from Greek hippos) + grifogriffin1
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Word Origin and History for hippogriff

also hippogryph, 1650s, from French hippogriffe (16c.), from Italian ippogrifo, from Greek hippos "horse" (see equine) + Italian grifo, from Late Latin gryphus "griffin" (see griffin). A creature part griffin, but with body and hind parts in the form of a horse.

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Encyclopedia Article for hippogriff

a legendary animal that has the foreparts of a winged griffin and the body and hindquarters of a horse. The creature was invented by Ludovico Ariosto in his Orlando furioso and was based on a proverbial phrase about crossing a griffin with a horse that was used to signify an impossibility or incongruity.

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