grif·​fon | \ ˈgri-fən How to pronounce griffon (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Zafirah lived in the zoo’s cheetah conservation station, as do two Rüppell’s griffon vultures, Tuck and Natalie. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Dama gazelle dies after months of ill health, National Zoo reports," 18 Sep. 2019 Overhead, griffon vultures and golden eagles circle the Alpine peaks, where rare ibex and pudgy marmots scurry among brown bears and wolves. National Geographic, "Here are 10 of the world’s most spectacular road trips," 13 Sep. 2019 But these griffons talk, and worse, there are dragons in the sky. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: Best of 2018," 7 Dec. 2018 This year’s Westminster features two new breeds, the grand basset griffon Vendeen (grahnd bah-SAY’ grih-FAHN’ vahn-DAY’-ahn) and the Nederlandse kooikerhondje (NAY’-dehr-lahn-seh KOY’-kehr-hahnd-jeh). Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "Dachshunds get chance to break out of Westminster doghouse," 12 Feb. 2019 Next year, the Nederlandse kooikerhondje and the grand basset griffon Vendeen make their debuts; last year, the American hairless terrier, sloughi and pumi were the newcomers. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "Dogged: Badly wrecked, German shepherd shows at Westminster," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of griffon

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for griffon

French, literally, griffin

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The first known use of griffon was in 1882

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“Griffon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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