hippogriff

noun
hip·po·griff | \ ˈhi-pə-ˌgrif \

Definition of hippogriff 

: a legendary animal having the foreparts of a griffin and the body of a horse

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But the resulting cinematic hippogriff is still extremely enjoyable because: a) people, cars, and things get eensy-weensy or ginormous in the middle of hectic yet balletic action sequences; and b) Paul Rudd. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is a Marvel marvel," 4 July 2018 But Rowling's intentions are surely much different than Hagrid's, who lived and entertained guests (and injured hippogriffs) in his little hut. Jamie Wiebe, House Beautiful, "JK Rowling Is Building Her Very Own Hagrid Hut," 17 Oct. 2014 Retinol is like the hippogriff of skin care. Respect it, and the world (of great skin) is your oyster. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "How Easing Into Retinol Led to My Best Skin Ever," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hippogriff

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hippogriff

French hippogriffe, from Italian ippogrifo, from ippo- (from Greek hippos horse) + grifo griffin, from Latin gryphus

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