grif·fin also grif·fon or gryph·on (grĭfən)
A fabulous beast with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.
[Middle English griffoun, from Old French griffon, from grif, from Latin grȳpus, grȳphus, variants of grȳps, grȳp-, from Greek grūps.]
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