|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.