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Griffin

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Gríffin.
Gríffon.
n.s. [This should rather be written gryfon, or gryphon, gryps, γρὺψ; but it is generally written griffon.] A fabled animal, said to be generated between the lion and eagle, and to have the head and paws of the lion, and the wings of the eagle.

Of all bearing among these winged creatures, the griffin is the most ancient. Peacham on Blazoning.

Aristeus, a poet of Proconesus, affirmed, that near the one-eyed nations griffins defended the mines of gold. Brown.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (204) · Peacham, Henry (53)

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