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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 1975, a vulture with a 10-foot wingspan—an Rüppell's griffon—was sucked into an airplane engine at nearly 38,000 feet. Kyle Hill, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2013 Scavenger species play a critical role in maintaining healthy ecosystems, but the griffon vulture was considered missing from Bulgaria until 1978, when scientists discovered a colony in the Eastern Rhodopes Mountains. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 June 2021 The griffon vultures’ continued success in the region also offers hope for the cinereous and bearded vultures, both of which are native to Bulgaria but are now found only in Asia. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 June 2021 Bulgaria Bulgaria now has a stable population of around 80 griffon vultures, more than four decades after the birds were considered extinct in the Balkan nation. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 June 2021 Zafirah lived in the zoo’s cheetah conservation station, as do two Rüppell’s griffon vultures, Tuck and Natalie. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 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, 13 Sep. 2019 But these griffons talk, and worse, there are dragons in the sky. Tom Shippey, WSJ, 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, 12 Feb. 2019 See More

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Word History


French, literally, griffin

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of griffon was in 1882

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“Griffon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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