noun Heraldry.
a two-legged winged dragon having the hinder part of a serpent with a barbed tail.
Also, wivern.

1600–10; alteration (with unexplained -n) of earlier wyver, Middle English < Anglo-French wivre (Old French guivre) < Latin vīpera viper

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wyvern or (less commonly) wivern (ˈwaɪvən)
a heraldic beast having a serpent's tail and a dragon's head and a body with wings and two legs
[C17: variant of earlier wyver, from Old French, from Latin vīperaviper]
wivern or (less commonly) wivern
[C17: variant of earlier wyver, from Old French, from Latin vīperaviper]

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Word Origin & History

1610, formed (with excrescent -n) from M.E. wyver (c.1300), from Anglo-Fr. wivre, from O.N.Fr. form of O.Fr. guivre "snake," from L. vipera "viper" (see viper). In heraldry, a winged dragon with eagle's feet and a serpent's barbed tail.
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Example sentences for wyvern
A dragonlike animal with no front legs and walking only on its back legs is a wyvern.
The wyvern heartless from the kingdom hearts series of games.
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