A statue of a griffin.
griffin definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle 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
griffin definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also grif·fon or gryph·onnoun
Origin: Middle English griffoun, from Old French griffon, from grif, from Latin grȳpus, grȳphus, variants of grȳps, grȳp-, from Greek grūps.