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

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hippogriff or hippogryph (ˈhɪpəʊˌɡrɪf)
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
[C17: from Italian ippogrifo, from ippo- horse (from Greek hippos) + grifogriffin1]

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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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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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