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Griffin \Grif"fin\, Griffon \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 grypo`s 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. (Zo["o]l.) 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.]

  4. An English early apple.