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Meaning of GRIFFIN

Pronunciation:  'grifin

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  winged monster with an eagle-like head and body of a lion

GRIFFIN is a 7 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: gryphon
 See Also: mythical creature, mythical monster



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Grif"fin\, n.
    An Anglo-Indian name for a person just arrived from Europe.
    --H. Kingsley.
  2. \Grif"fin\, Griffon \Grif"fon\, n. [OE. griffin,
    griffon, griffoun, F. griffon, fr. L. gryphus, equiv to
    gryps, Gr. ?; -- so called because of the hooked beak, and
    akin to grypo`s curved, hook-nosed.]
    1. (Myth.) A fabulous monster, half lion and half eagle. It
       is often represented in Grecian and Roman works of art.
    2. (Her.) A representation of this creature as an heraldic
    3. (Zo["o]l.) A species of large vulture ({Gyps fulvus})
       found in the mountainous parts of Southern Europe, North
       Africa, and Asia Minor; -- called also {gripe}, and
       {grype}. It is supposed to be the ``eagle'' of the Bible.
       The bearded griffin is the lammergeir. [Written also
    4. An English early apple.