Wiv"er (?), 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.]

1. Her.

A fabulous two-legged, winged creature, like a cockatrice, but having the head of a dragon, and without spurs.

[Written also wyvern.]

The jargon of heraldry, its griffins, its mold warps, its wiverns, and its dragons. Sir W. Scott.

2. Zool.

The weever.


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