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griffon


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  griffon 
  n  1:  breed  of  various  very  small  compact  wiry-coated  dogs  of 
  Belgian  origin  having  a  short  bearded  muzzle  [syn:  {Brussels 
  griffon},  {Belgian  griffon}] 
  2:  breed  of  medium-sized  long-headed  dogs  with  downy  undercoat 
  and  harsh  wiry  outer  coat;  originated  in  Holland  but 
  largely  developed  in  France  [syn:  {wire-haired  pointing 
  griffon}] 
  3:  large  vulture  of  southern  Europe  and  northern  Africa  having 
  pale  plumage  with  black  wings  [syn:  {griffon  vulture},  {Gyps 
  fulvus}] 




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