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.
- Viele-Griffin is One of the most successful writers of the vers libre, the theory of which he expounded, in conjunction with MM.
- In May 1670 he received the titles of excellency and privy councillor; in July of the same year he was ennobled under the name of Griffenfeldt, deriving his title from the gold griffin with outspread wings which surmounted his escutcheon; in November 1673 he was created a count, a knight of the Elephant and, finally, imperial chancellor.
- Crookes) (Griffin, Bohn & Co., 1861); On the Various Forces in Nature (edited by W.
- P. C. Griffin, A List of Books on the Philippine Islands in the Library of Congress (Washington, 1903), with references to periodicals; T.