Definition of griffon in English:


Line breaks: grif|fon
Pronunciation: /ˈgrɪf(ə)n


  • 1A dog of any of several terrier-like breeds originating in NW Europe.
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    • In France the wirehaired pointing griffon and the Brittany were bred for similar motives, as was the Vizsla in Hungary.
  • 1.1 (also Brussels griffon) A dog of a toy breed with a flat face and upturned chin.
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    • According to the AKC, the oft-maligned Toy group is making a comeback of sorts: The registration list's biggest climbers these days are the Chinese crested and the Brussels griffon.
    • The Brussels griffon seems to have descended from a dog used by 17th-century Belgian peasants to rid their stables of rats.
  • 2 (also griffon vulture) A large Old World vulture with predominantly pale brown plumage.
    • Genus Gyps, family Accipitridae: four species, in particular the Eurasian G. fulvus and the African Ruppell’s griffon (G. ruepelli)
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    • For birdwatchers, several hundred species call India home, including the rare narcondum hornbill, megapode, and griffon vulture.
    • There is also plenty of birdlife up here, and there are frequent sightings of griffon vultures.
    • Dozens of griffon vultures with wingspans of up to 2.80 metres were spotted in the south of the Netherlands on Monday.


Middle English ( in sense 2): variant of griffin; sense 1 was adopted from French in the 18th century.

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