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griffin

noun grif·fin \ˈgri-fən\

Simple Definition of griffin

  • in stories : an animal that is half eagle and half lion

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of griffin

  1. :  a mythical animal typically having the head, forepart, and wings of an eagle and the body, hind legs, and tail of a lion

Illustration of griffin

Variants of griffin

or

griffon

also

gryphon

\ˈgri-fən\

Origin and Etymology of griffin

Middle English griffon, from Anglo-French grif, griffun, from Latin gryphus, from Greek gryp-, gryps


First Known Use: 14th century


Griffin

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biographical name Grif·fin \ˈgri-fən\

Definition of Griffin

  1. Walter Burley 1876–1937 Am. architect




Griffin

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geographical name Grif·fin \ˈgri-fən\

Definition of Griffin

  1. city W cen Georgia pop 23,643




GRIFFIN Defined for Kids

griffin

noun grif·fin \ˈgri-fən\

Definition of griffin for Students

  1. :  an imaginary animal that is half eagle and half lion



Variants of griffin

or

griffon

also

gryphon

\ˈgri-fən\

History for 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).


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