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.
On closer scrutiny, we find that this creature, as fabled as the hippogriff, is just as uncertain as everyone else.
The hippogriff is said to be an omnivore, eating either plants or meat.
The hippogriff is the steed that Ruggiero rides to save the naked maiden Angelica in Ariosto's epic poem Orlando Furioso.
A hippogriff is a noble beast: In the few medieval legends when this fantastic creature makes an appearance, it is usually the pet of either a knight or a sorcerer.
(The hippogriff is the combination of a griffin and a horse which denotes the impossible - Luis notes the Greek scholar Servius somewhat milked this by inventing the "fact" that griffins must hate horses).
Angelica Lost and Found is a corker, a wildly entertaining, intellectually adventurous and marvellously odd attempt to answer a question we all must have asked ourselves at some point: what would happen if a hippogriff in a painting fell in love with a mythological heroine and went to find her in present-day San Francisco?
He may not come riding in on the back of a hippogriff to free his favorite captives from their own version of Azkaban, but he shows up once a week on a cart of books from the prison library, offering an escape of the imagination treasured by many.
She confirms that his brother isn't exactly dead, and Juss can get to him with the help of a hippogriff.
However, their first hippogriff gets hijacked, so they head back to Demonland and kick out the Witches.
The Demons start cleaning things up, and eventually Juss finds another hippogriff.