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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

GRIF'FON, n. [L. gryps, gryphus.]
In the natural history of the ancients, an imaginary animal said to be generated between the lion and eagle. It is represented with four legs, wings and a beak, the upper part resembling an eagle, and the lower part a lion. This animal was supposed to watch over mines of gold and hidden treasures, and was consecrated to the sun. The figure of the griffon is seen on ancient medals, and is still borne in coat-armor. It is also an ornament of Greek architecture.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: winged monster with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion [syn: gryphon, griffin, griffon]
2: breed of various very small compact wiry-coated dogs of Belgian origin having a short bearded muzzle [syn: griffon, Brussels griffon, Belgian griffon]
3: breed of medium-sized long-headed dogs with downy undercoat and harsh wiry outer coat; originated in Holland but largely developed in France [syn: griffon, wire-haired pointing griffon]
4: large vulture of southern Europe and northern Africa having pale plumage with black wings [syn: griffon vulture, griffon, Gyps fulvus]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: French, literally, griffin Date: 1882 1. Brussels griffon 2. wirehaired pointing griffon

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a a dog of a small terrier-like breed with coarse or smooth hair. b this breed. 2 (in full griffon vulture) a large vulture, Gyps fulvus. 3 = GRIFFIN. Etymology: F (in sense 1) or var. of GRIFFIN

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Griffon Grif"fon (gr[i^]f"f[o^]n), n. [F.] One of a European breed of rough-coated dogs, somewhat taller than the setter and of a grizzly liver color. They are used in hunt game birds. The Brussels griffon is a very small, wiry-coated, short-nosed pet dog of Belgian origin.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Griffin 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 charge. 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 gryphon.] 4. An English early apple.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

see griffin

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