Hippogriff

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hippogriff (Myth) A fabulous winged animal, half horse and half griffin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hippogriff A fabulous creature, like a griffin, but with hoofs and other parts resembling a horse, apparently invented, in imitation of Pegasus, by the romancers of the middle ages, and furnished to their heroes as a means of transportation through the air.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hippogriff hip′o-grif a fabulous animal represented as a winged horse with the head of a griffin.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. hippogriffe,; cf. It. ippogrifo,. See Hippopotamus Griffon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. hippogriffe—Gr. hippos, a horse, gryps, a griffin.

Usage

In literature:

A man cannot deserve adventures; he cannot earn dragons and hippogriffs.
"Heretics" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
HIPPOGRIFF, n. An animal (now extinct) which was half horse and half griffin.
"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce
HIPPOGRIFF, a cross between a horse and a dragon.
"Waverley" by Sir Walter Scott
Again I must ask my young friends to mount my hippogriff and hie with me to the almost inaccessible heights of the Rocky Mountains.
"Drift from Two Shores" by Bret Harte
HIPPOGRIFF, a fabulous winged animal, half horse and half griffin.
"Red Gauntlet" by Sir Walter Scott
He distinguishes being on the Hippogriff from being possessed by passion.
"Sandra Belloni, Complete" by George Meredith
This strange animal is called a Hippogriff.
"Legends of Charlemagne" by Thomas Bulfinch
He would betray no incorrect astonishment if I brought home a hippogriff to dinner.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
What do you say to hippogriffs and dragons?
"Carmilla" by J. Sheridan LeFanu
Hippogriffs and centaurs, sirens and dolphins, are here used as adjuncts to humanity.
"Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3" by John Addington Symonds
They have the guivre, the unicorn, the serpent, the salamander, the tarask, the dree, the dragon, and the hippogriff.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Hasten, my friend, by railroad, post-horses, in the stirrup, on hippogriff's wing; what am I talking about?
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
But the Hippogriff was not Noah's Ark at all.
"The Magic City" by Edith Nesbit
But the Dragon could not catch the Hippogriff.
"The Book of Dragons" by Edith Nesbit
It showed the hippogriff, the "hot tamale", still there.
"Pemrose Lorry, Camp Fire Girl" by Isabel Katherine Hornibrook
There, in courtyards curtained with cashmeres, chimeras and hippogriffs crouched.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
I certainly should have preferred a pair of wings, or the mare Borak, or the Hippogriffe.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Pegasus was the parent of the Hippogriff, and Polyphemus of Orco.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds
What do you say to hippogriffs and dragons?
"In a Glass Darkly, v. 3/3" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Agesilan, on being unable to find Diana, suspected treachery, so mounted the hippogriff and set out in search of her.
"Legends & Romances of Spain" by Lewis Spence
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In poetry:

But you can read the Hieroglyphs on the
great sandstone obelisks,
And you have talked with Basilisks, and you
have looked on Hippogriffs.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

In some circles the "Harry Potter" news that erupted a little over a week ago still inspires as much amazement as Hagrid's pet, the half-horse, half-eagle hippogriff.
Enjoy some family-friendly, Hogwarts-inspired holiday fun with the Enlightened Hippogriffs, the cen.
Flight of the Hippogriff at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure.
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