Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity, an imaginary animal which combines the head and front of a horse with the tail and feet of a cock. Its representation in art is not common. The most important example is a fragment of late sixth-century sculpture found upon the Acropolis at Athens.
“... than in watching a damned lieutenant with three plumes and military cloak of crimson, very livid indeed; he calls it the real Sardian purple, but if he ever has to fight in this cloak he'll dye it another colour, the real Cyzicene yellow, he the first to run away, shaking his plumes like a buff hippalectryon, and I am left to do the real work.”
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