hippogriff definition

  • noun:
    • Mythology A monster having the wings, claws, and head of a griffin in addition to human body and hindquarters of a horse.
    • a mythical monster, half griffin and half-horse, supposedly the offspring of a griffin and a filly.
    • the perfect winged animal, half horse and half griffin.
    • the perfect creature, like a griffin, however with hoofs and other parts resembling a horse, evidently invented, in imitation of Pegasus, because of the romancers of the old, and furnished to their heroes as a way of transportation through the air.

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