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(pronounced GRI-fun)

This word describes an arresting mythological creature having the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle. In some versions, the beast’s chest is that of an eagle as well, and in yet others, the head is that of a lion. Carved stone versions were used as decorative elements in Gothic architecture. You will also see this word with the alternate spellings: griffon (French version), gryphon (Latin version).