Definition of griffin
: a mythical animal typically having the head, forepart, and wings of an eagle and the body, hind legs, and tail of a lion
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Griffins repeat Grossmont College won the Chet DeVore Award for athletic superiority in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in the 2016-17 school year.
Related: After those two, the list of Griffins who may make the Wings better in the near future gets sparse.
Glenbard West has compiled an 122-3 record during its three-year title streak, while the Griffins defeated New Trier and Lake Park in their two state matches to collect the program's third state trophy.
The Griffins open with Ohlone, a college located 15 miles north of San Jose, in Saturday’s 6 p.m. game at Fresno City College.
The Griffins have singles players Ryan Mitchell and Nikhil Piska and the doubles teams of Declan Merbeth-Will Cooley and Weston Dell-Matt Zuccato alive in consolation play.
The Griffins roster features 18 players who entered the postseason with playoff experience, including three who won the Calder Cup with the team in 2013.
From the Latin root monstrum, a divine messenger of catastrophe, then adapted by the Old French to mean an animal of myriad origins: centaur, griffin, satyr.
The exterior of the Detroit Foundation Hotel is embellished with terra-cotta details, including firefighters' heads, angels and griffins in hats.
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Origin and Etymology of griffin
Middle English griffon, from Anglo-French grif, griffun, from Latin gryphus, from Greek gryp-, gryps
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of Griffin
Walter Burley 1876–1937 American architect
Definition of Griffin
city south-southeast of Atlanta in west central Georgia population 23,643
GRIFFIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of griffin for English Language Learners
in stories : an animal that is half eagle and half lion
GRIFFIN Defined for Kids
Definition of griffin for Students
: an imaginary animal that is half eagle and half lion
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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