Grif"fin (?), n.

An Anglo-Indian name for a person just arrived from Europe.

H. Kingsley.


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Grif"fin (?), 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 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. Zool.

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.]


An English early apple.


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