From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Mythology
griffingrif‧fin, gryphon /ˈɡrɪfən/ noun [countable] RMan imaginary animal that has a lion’s body and an eagle’s wings and head
Examples from the Corpus
griffinIn the Silver Vessels Sanctuary at Knossos there was an ivory of a griffin biting a bull's leg.And not just any old envelope, but a special luxury brand with a griffin watermark.This was surmounted by a gilded griffin and bore a crudely painted canvas of hell's mouth.In the felt and wooden ornaments we find the recurrent motif of the griffin.The griffin also had a lust for treasure and hoarded caches in lofty mountain caves.
Origin griffin (1200-1300) Old French grifon, from Latin gryphus, from Greek grypos curved