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Definition of griffon:

  1. A fabulous monster, half lion and half eagle. It is often represented in Grecian and Roman works of art.
  2. A representation of this creature as an heraldic charge.
  3. A species of large vulture ( Gyps fulvus) found in the mountainous parts of Southern Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor; - called also gripe, and grype. It is supposed to be the eagle of the Bible. The bearded griffin is the lammergeir.
  4. An English early apple.
  5. One of a European breed of rough- coated dogs, somewhat taller than the setter and of a grizzly liver color. They are used in hunt game birds. The Brussels griffon is a very small, wiry- coated, short- nosed pet dog of Belgian origin.

Synonyms:

Belgian Griffon, Brussels griffon, gryphon, griffin, griffon vulture, wire-haired pointing griffon, Gyps fulvus.

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