from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Mythology A monster having the wings, claws, and head of a griffin and the body and hindquarters of a horse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a mythical beast, half griffin and half horse, supposedly the offspring of a griffin and a filly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fabulous winged animal, half horse and half griffin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fabulous creature, like a griffin, but with hoofs and other parts resembling a horse, apparently invented, in imitation of Pegasus, by the romancers of the middle ages, and furnished to their heroes as a means of transportation through the air.
French hippogriffe, from Italian ippogrifo : Greek hippos, horse; see ekwo- in Indo-European roots + Italian grifo, griffin (from Latin grȳphus; see griffin).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)