Definition of Griffon

1. Noun. Winged monster with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion.

Exact synonyms: Griffin, Gryphon
Generic synonyms: Mythical Creature, Mythical Monster

2. Noun. Breed of various very small compact wiry-coated dogs of Belgian origin having a short bearded muzzle.
Exact synonyms: Belgian Griffon, Brussels Griffon
Generic synonyms: Canis Familiaris, Dog, Domestic Dog
Specialized synonyms: Brabancon Griffon

3. Noun. Breed of medium-sized long-headed dogs with downy undercoat and harsh wiry outer coat; originated in Holland but largely developed in France.
Exact synonyms: Wire-haired Pointing Griffon
Generic synonyms: Gun Dog, Sporting Dog

4. Noun. Large vulture of southern Europe and northern Africa having pale plumage with black wings.
Exact synonyms: Griffon Vulture, Gyps Fulvus
Generic synonyms: Old World Vulture
Group relationships: Genus Gyps, Gyps

Definition of Griffon

1. n. One of a European breed of rough-coated dogs, somewhat taller than the setter and of a grizzly liver color. They are used in hunt game birds. The Brussels griffon is a very small, wiry- coated, short-nosed pet dog of Belgian origin.

Definition of Griffon

1. Noun. (alternative form of griffin) (gloss legendary creature) ¹

2. Noun. A breed of dog usually called the Brussels Griffon, reminiscent of the legendary creature. ¹

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Definition of Griffon

1. griffin [n -S] - See also: griffin

Medical Definition of Griffon

1. 1. A fabulous monster, half lion and half eagle. It is often represented in Grecian and Roman works of art. 2. A representation of this creature as an heraldic charge. 3. 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. Alternative forms: gryphon. 4. An English early apple. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Griffon

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griffon (current term)
griffon vulture
griffon vultures

Literary usage of Griffon

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1. History of Detroit and Wayne County and Early Michigan by Silas Farmer (1890)
"Taking the others on board, Le griffon proceeded on her way, ... After it became evident that Le griffon was lost, La Salle, with others of the party, ..."

2. The Discovery of the Old Northwest and Its Settlement by the French by James Baldwin (1901)
"was called the griffon. As she slid into the water, Father Hennepin ... THE griffon Nearly three months passed before La Salle returned from Fort Frontenac. ..."

3. An Universal History: From the Earliest Accounts to the Present Time by George Sale, George Psalmanazar, Archibald Bower, George Shelvocke, John Campbell, John Swinton (1760)
"griffon having given flicker to the flying Saxons, ... Pcpin advanced towards him; but, when they were. upon the point of engaging, griffon fent to make him ..."

4. The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland by Scotland Privy Council (1905)
"... likewise the said griffon Winkles with Mr John Paip, his procurator, but not the said commissioners, the Lords, after hearing parties, discharge the ..."

5. The Complete Dog Book by William A. Bruette (1922)
"THE griffon The Pointing griffon is distinguished from the griffon Hound, from which he undoubtedly sprang. They are mentioned as far back as the sixteenth ..."

6. Publications of the Buffalo Historical Society by Buffalo Historical Society (1905)
""THE SAILING OF THE griffon." On the evening of Dec. 15, 1904, members of the society met in the Historical Building for the unveiling of a large painting, ..."

7. The Story of the Great Lakes by Edward Channing, Marion Florence Lansing (1909)
"CHAPTER V THE BUILDING OF THE griffon THE next noteworthy event in the story of the Great Lakes is the building and the launching of the griffon, ..."

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