griffin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n griffin winged monster with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Griffin (Myth) A fabulous monster, half lion and half eagle. It is often represented in Grecian and Roman works of art.
    • Griffin (Her) A representation of this creature as an heraldic charge.
    • Griffin (Zoöl) 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.
    • Griffin An English early apple.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n griffin In mythology, an imaginary animal supposed to be generated between the lion and the eagle, and to combine the head, front, and wings of an eagle with the body and hind quarters of a lion. This animal was supposed to watch over mines of gold and hidden treasures, and was consecrated to the sun. The figure of the griffin is seen on ancient coins, and is borne in coat-armor. It is also a frequent motive in architectural decoration.
    • n griffin In ornithology, a vulture of the genus Gyps; a griffin-vulture.
    • n griffin Figuratively, a vigilant or repellent guardian; one who stands in the way of free approach or intercourse: in England applied especially to a woman acting as a duenna.
    • n griffin In India and the East generally: A person not familiar with the customs or ways of the country; a new-comer; a novice; a greenhorn.
    • n griffin A racing pony or horse that runs for its first time. Also griff, in both uses.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Griffin an imaginary animal, with the body and legs of a lion, and the crooked beak and wings of an eagle: a new-comer in India, a novice: a watchful guardian, esp. over a young woman: a duenna
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. griffon—L. gryphus—Gr. grypsgrypos, hook-nosed.

Usage

In literature:

Now, when he had ascended the mountain, he discovered the two fiery Griffins.
"Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories" by Robert Ford
Opposite where Hutchinson (now Pearl) Street entered Flounder Lane, was Griffin's Wharf.
"Tea Leaves" by Various
The property known as "the Great Doward Estate" was purchased by the Crown, in 1824, from the Miss Griffins, for 15,000 pounds.
"The Forest of Dean An Historical and Descriptive Account" by H. G. Nicholls
Around it were a great number of dragons and griffins.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
I reckon he uses Griffin as a witness when he wants one, for Griffin will swear to anything.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
Strange it is indeed to be carried to adventures in an ox-cart, instead of flying through the air on a griffin or a cloud!
"The Red Romance Book" by Various
Griffin, Maude K. St. Mark's and its social work for Negroes.
"The Negro at Work in New York City" by George Edmund Haynes
After crossing into the Jerseys Griffin marched straight to Mt.
"The Campaign of Trenton 1776-77" by Samuel Adams Drake
We had been up the Ocklawaha River to Lake Griffin, and up the St. Johns as far as any steamer could go.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
Griffin, John, pirate, 142.
"Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period" by Various
She was an impregnable griffin even in still life.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Griffin subdued, the Millionaire Baby still remained.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
He saw that it was hung in red silk embroidered with gold dragons and griffins.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
But the Griffin did not come at all.
"Heroes of the Middle West" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Her next work was in arabesques, marble ornaments, lions, griffins, vases, eagles, and similar objects.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
Griffins, Sphinxes and Sirens meet them.
"The Faust-Legend and Goethe's 'Faust'" by H. B. Cotterill
There's an angry griffin on one jamb, and a smiling griffin on the other, and under each is a rose.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
Her marry a big, long nigger name Saul Griffin.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Griffin, William Preston, 205.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
In the same year, 1873, the first United States patent on a coffee substitute was issued to E. Dugdale of Griffin, Ga.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
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In poetry:

Out of her secret life, the griffin-land
Where ivory empires build their stage she came,
Putting in mine her small impulsive hand,
Five-fingered gift, and the palm not tame.
"The Dark And The Fair" by Stanley Kunitz
An', when 'e gits a little pain inside,
'Is dead straight griffin ain't to be denied.
I'm sent to talk sweet nuffin's to the fowls;
While nurse turns 'and-springs ev'ry time 'e 'owls.
"The Kid " by C J Dennis
We are blessed hordes of freely roaming Scythians,
More than anything we value freedom.
Having quit the castle of Olvia with its wrought griffins,
Hidden from our foes, we will always overtake them.
"Scythians" by Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont
"Begin, my flute, with me Maenalian lays.
Nysa to Mopsus given! what may not then
We lovers look for? soon shall we see mate
Griffins with mares, and in the coming age
Shy deer and hounds together come to drink.
"Eclogue 8: To Pollio Damon Alphesiboeus" by Publius Vergilius Maro

In news:

While dual-threat quarterbacks Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III are two of the most exciting players in football, their impressive skill sets haven't translated into many wins for their respective last-place teams.
Tom Drummond, Michael Jerome, Kevin Griffin, Jim Payne.
Pictured (in no particular order) are: Alison Cannon, Mindy Griffin, Kelly Williams.
MIAMI— The period of "discontinuous change" and upheaval in the magazine industry has forced virtually every magazine publisher to tear up its playbook, Meredith publishing president Jack Griffin says.
The free event will run Tuesday through Friday at the Griffin Memorial Church, 2424 E Avenue, Ogden.
Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) more.
Of course, that's becoming something of a theme with quarterback Robert Griffin in the mix.
Griffins go deep in rout of Western State.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Robert Griffin III threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys 38-31 on Thursday.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Bryan Rufenach, a defenseman who played in 13 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins last season has died, the Griffins confirmed Tuesday night.
Posted on March 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm by Tim Griffin in LeBron James, Miami Heat.
Giants will focus on getting hits on Robert Griffin III (above), DeAngelo Hall says (Pablo Martinez/The Associated Press).
Griffin, Georgia's Max Gresham and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team Joe Denette Motorsports announced that they are parting ways today.
Randy, Sherry and 3-year-old Jaislyn Rose Griffin take a breather after the lunch rush at Griff 's.
On May 9, 1989, Richard Griffin, better known as Professor Griff , met with a writer from the Washington Times for the purpose of an interview.
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In science:

Beers, T. C., Doinidis, S. P., Griffin, K. E., Preston, G. W., Shectman, S. A., Spectroscopy of hot stars in the Galactic halo.
Survival of a brown dwarf after engulfment by a red giant star
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