from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a breed of dog originating in Belgium and having a short, bearded muzzle. Also called Brussels griffon.
  • n. Any of various wirehaired hunting dogs of a breed originating in the Netherlands in the late 19th century.
  • n. Variant of griffin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of griffin (legendary creature)
  • n. A breed of dog usually called the Brussels Griffon, reminiscent of the legendary creature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a European breed of rough-coated dogs, somewhat taller than the setter and of a grizzly liver color. They are used in hunting game birds. The Brussels griffon is a very small, wiry-coated, short-nosed pet dog of Belgian origin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as griffin.
  • n. A Greek.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. breed of various very small compact wiry-coated dogs of Belgian origin having a short bearded muzzle
  • n. breed of medium-sized long-headed dogs with downy undercoat and harsh wiry outer coat; originated in Holland but largely developed in France
  • n. large vulture of southern Europe and northern Africa having pale plumage with black wings
  • n. winged monster with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion


French, from Old French; see griffin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See griffin. (Wiktionary)



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