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  • noun Plural form of griffin.


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  • Up to this moment, it may be remarked, these Monitors, as we have called the griffins, had never been fairly tried in any attack on fortified towns.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864

  • Now the griffins are the richest beasts in the world; and that's the reason they keep so close under ground.

    The Pilgrims of the Rhine

  • One of the supporting quotations notes 'Young men, immediately on their arrival in India, are termed griffins, and retain this honour until they are twelve months in the country.'

    The Old Foodie

  • Such panels were distinctive features of early Byzantine art and were often decorated with intricate geometric motifs or animals, such as griffins and eagles, ultimately drawn from Mesopotamian mythology.

    A Sacred Congregation

  • In winter, when the different branches of the Danube are frozen over, and the ground covered with snow, the ladies take their recreation in sledges of different shapes, such as griffins, tigers, swans, scallop-shells, etc.

    Sketches of the Fair Sex, in All Parts of the World

  • The "griffins" not infrequently had warm disputes; but the captain quickly managed to settle their more noisy quarrels, and restore them to good-humour.

    The Young Rajah

  • The discovery of true chimeras, such as griffins, centaurs or mermaids that combine parts of diverse forms of life unable be explained by lateral gene transfer or symbiosis.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • "griffins," which term applies to all that have not previously run at any race-meeting; and with their tails sweeping the ground, their hogged manes and their long coats clotted with mud, they present a very dismal appearance, and one not at all in keeping with the accepted idea of race-horses.

    Life and sport in China Second Edition

  • One at least began because I was so fed up with the way other writers handled a subject; and one began because Susan, my editor at Greenwillow, wanted more, more, more about griffins.

    An Interview with Diana Wynne Jones

  • His studies always focused on the creatures of mythology – harpies, griffins, and of course dragons – insisting that their existence is certain if one simply follows the evidence.

    Archive 2009-08-01


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