: an imaginary animal that is half eagle and half lion
Variants of GRIFFIN
grif·fin or grif·fon also gryph·on\ˈgri-fən\
Word History of GRIFFIN
The word griffin is borrowed, through medieval French and Latin, from the ancient Greek word gryps. The image of an animal combining features of a lion and a bird of prey was borrowed by the Greeks from the ancient Near Eastern world. The word gryps may have been borrowed as well, as it resembles karību, a word for winged lions in Akkadian, the language of ancient Babylonia and Assyria. On the other hand, gryps may have been influenced by Greek gyps, “vulture,” and grypos, “curved, bent” (of a bird's beak or claws).