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
a mythical monster with the body and hind legs of a lion and the head, wings, and claws of an eagle
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 grépus, gréphus variants of gréps grép- 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.
- The Order of the Griffin, founded in 1884 by Frederick Francis III.
- P. C. Griffin, A List of Books on the Philippine Islands in the Library of Congress (Washington, 1903), with references to periodicals; T.
- PR.) Viele-Griffin, Francis (1864-), French poet, was born at Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A., on the 26th of May 1864.
- In the Apollo Citharoedus or Musagetes in the Vatican, he is crowned with laurel and wears the long, flowing robe of the Ionic bard, and his form is almost feminine in its fulness; in a statue at Rome of the older and more vigorous type he is naked and holds a lyre in his left hand; his right arm rests upon his head, and a griffin is seated at his side.
- Griffin, Dares and Dictys, Introduction to the Study of the Medieval Versions of the Story of Troy (1907).