[grif-in] /ˈgrɪf ɪn/
noun, Classical Mythology.
a fabled monster, usually having the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.
a variant of griffin1
a winged monster with an eagle-like head and the body of a lion
a newcomer to the Orient, esp one from W Europe
alternative spelling of griffin.
c.1200 (as a surname), from Old French grifon “a bird of prey,” also “fabulous bird of Greek mythology” (with head and wings of an eagle, body and hind quarters of a lion, believed to inhabit Scythia and guard its gold), from Late Latin gryphus, misspelling of grypus, variant of gryps (genitive grypos), from Greek gryps (genitive grypos) “curved, hook-nosed,” in reference to its beak.
Klein suggests a Semitic source, “through the medium of the Hittites,” and cites Hebrew kerubh “a winged angel,” Akkad. karibu, epithet of the bull-colossus (see cherub). The same or an identical word was used, with uncertain connections, in mid-19c. Louisiana to mean “mulatto” (especially one one-quarter or two-fifths white) and in India from late 18c. to mean “newly arrived European.”
gryposis gry·po·sis (grə-pō’sĭs, grī-) n. An abnormal curvature, as of the nails.
[grahys-bok, greys-] /ˈgraɪs bɒk, ˈgreɪs-/ noun 1. either of two small, usually solitary antelopes of southern Africa, Raphicerus melanotis, or R. sharpei (Sharpe’s grysbok) having a light to dark reddish-brown coat speckled with white. /ˈɡraɪsˌbɒk/ noun 1. either of two small antelopes, Raphicerus melanotis or R. sharpei, of central and southern Africa, having small straight […]
1. General Schedule (referring to the Civil Service job classification system). 2. general staff. 3. German silver. [jee] /dʒi/ noun, plural G’s or Gs, g’s or gs. 1. the seventh letter of the English alphabet, a consonant. 2. any spoken sound represented by the letter G or g, as in get, German, or camouflage. 3. […]
1. general secretary. 2. general staff.