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gryphon


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gryphon  \Gryph"on\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  The  griffin  vulture. 
 
  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]: 
 
  gryphon 
  n  :  winged  monster  with  an  eagle-like  head  and  body  of  a  lion 
  [syn:  {griffin}] 




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