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hippogriff

Syllabification: hip·po·griff
Pronunciation: /ˈhipəˌɡrif
 
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(also hippogryph)

Definition of hippogriff in English:

noun

A mythical creature with the body of a horse and the wings and head of an eagle, born of the union of a male griffin and a filly.
Example sentences
  • The hero, Roger, is a knight who rides a mythical animal, a hippogriff (a winged horse that has talons and the beak of a hawk).
  • As a griffin/centaur, the hippogriff, too, suggests Christ's divine conquest of the passions, as evidenced by his donkey ride into Jerusalem.
  • She marveled the effortless beating of the hippogriff's wings, the speed at which the water passed under them.

Origin

mid 17th century: from French hippogriffe, from Italian ippogrifo, from Greek hippos 'horse' + Italian grifo 'griffin'.

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