a mythical monster with the body and hind legs of a lion and the head, wings, and claws of an eagle
Origin of griffinMiddle English griffon ; from Old French grifoun ; from Old High German or Italian grifo, both ; from Classical Latin gryphus, earlier gryps ; from Classical Greek gryps, griffin ; from grypos, hooked, curved (prob. so called from its hooked beak) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ger- from source crank
also grif·fon or gryph·on
A fabulous beast with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.
Origin of griffinMiddle English griffoun, from Old French griffon, from grif, from Latin gr&ymacron;pus, gr&ymacron;phus, variants of gr&ymacron;ps, gr&ymacron;p-, from Greek grūps.
- A mythical beast having the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle.
- (dated, Anglo-Indian) A person who has just arrived from Europe.
- A large vulture (Gyps fulvus) found in the mountainous parts of Southern Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor, supposed to be the "eagle" of the Bible. The bearded griffin is the lammergeier.
- An English early apple.