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.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Myth.) A fabulous monster, half lion and half eagle. It is often represented in Grecian and Roman works of art. [1913 Webster]

2. (Her.) A representation of this creature as an heraldic charge. [1913 Webster]

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}.] [1913 Webster]

4. An English early apple. [1913 Webster]

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  • griffon — [ grifɔ̃ ] n. m. • 1080; a. fr. grif; du lat. gryp(h)us, gr. grups 1 ♦ Animal fabuleux, monstre à corps de lion, à tête et à ailes d aigle (⇒aussi hippogriffe). 2 ♦ (1672) Oiseau de proie de grande taille. ♢ Martinet noir …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Griffon — is a type of dog, a collection of breeds of originally hunting dogs. There are three recognized lines of the griffon type (FCI), the griffon vendéens, the wirehaired pointers, and the smousje (Belgian companion dogs). The griffon type is… …   Wikipedia

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  • griffon — 1. (gri fon) s. m. 1°   Oiseau de proie semblable à l aigle. •   Ne mangez point de ceux qui sont impurs, qui sont l aigle, le griffon, l aigle de mer, l ixion, le vautour et le milan, SACI Bible, Deutéron. XIV, 12, 13. 2°   Animal fabuleux,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Griffon — Тип Файловый менеджер Разработчик Юрий Бакунин Операционная система 0.1.6 7 alpha Symbian 6.x 8.x (S60 1st/2nd edition) 0.01 alpha Symbian 9.x (S60 3rd edition) Языки интерфейса …   Википедия

  • 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 hunting game birds. The Brussels griffon is a very small, wiry coated, short nosed pet …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Griffon — Le nom est surtout porté dans le Finistère et dans l Ouest, mais on le rencontre aussi en Franche Comté, où l on trouve la variante Griffond. Faut il penser au griffon, animal fabuleux moitié lion moitié aigle ? M.T. Morlet penche plutôt pour un… …   Noms de famille

  • griffon — [grif′ən] n. [Fr, lit., a griffin] 1. GRIFFIN 2. any of a breed of medium sized hunting dog, developed by a Dutch breeder in the 19th cent., with a square muzzle and a harsh, bristly coat: in full wirehaired pointing griffon …   English World dictionary

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