Wivern
Wiver Wiv"er, Wivern Wiv"ern, n. [OE. wivere a serpent, OF. wivre, guivre, F. givre, guivre, wiver, from L. vipera; probably influenced by OHG. wipera, from the Latin. See {Viper}, and cf. {Weever}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Her.) A fabulous two-legged, winged creature, like a cockatrice, but having the head of a dragon, and without spurs. [Written also {wyvern}.] [1913 Webster]

The jargon of heraldry, its griffins, its mold warps, its wiverns, and its dragons. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The weever. [1913 Webster]


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