Definitions

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

  • n. Heraldry A two-legged dragon having wings and a barbed tail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Mythical dragon-like creature, having wings, only two legs and a barbed tail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as wiver.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See wivern.

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

  • n. a fire-breathing dragon used in medieval heraldry; had the head of a dragon and the tail of a snake and a body with wings and two legs

Etymologies

Alteration of Middle English wyvere, viper, from Old North French wivre, from Latin vīpera; see viper.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of Middle English wyvere ("viper"), from Old Northern French wivre, from Latin vīpera ("viper; snake, serpent"). See also weever. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hey, did you know a wyvern is a heraldic beast having a serpent's tail and a dragon's head and a body with wings and two legs?

    Warm the heart of your cockles with yammer

  • In Legends of Steel Part IX, our brave heroes take on the invading Yarite army all by themselves, and are laid low by the invulnerable boss riding a demon wyvern.

    Final Savage Worlds “Legends of Steel” Session Summary Posted « Geek Related

  • In Legends of Steel Part VIII (10 page pdf), some wyvern-riding moo-rons show up and convince the local yokels that pass as the government in this farm town that they should hand us over to the evil empire.

    Penultimate Savage Worlds “Legends of Steel” Session Summary Posted « Geek Related

  • His heart was heavy as he retrieved a wyvern, slung the sack across his saddle, and mounted.

    The Shattering

  • Druid and hunter both toppled from the wyvern, the druid changing into storm crow shape a scant few feet above the rise.

    The Shattering

  • The wyvern had to be smelling the smoke, sensing the danger, yet he obeyed Thrall trustingly, never shying as Thrall guided him closer and closer to the source.

    The Shattering

  • Thrall had barely left the shadow of the hold when the reins of a wyvern were pressed into his hand.

    The Shattering

  • The smoke was thick and black, and the heat was so fierce, he wondered for a moment if it might burn his clothing right off him or scorch the courageous wyvern.

    The Shattering

  • The wyvern flew away immediately, happy to put distance between himself and the danger now that he had served his rider well.

    The Shattering

  • He pushed past them, barking orders as he did so: Bring me a wyvern!

    The Shattering

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  • "The suspended creatures turn their heads in the direction of the ghost in their midst. Gryphons and foxes and wyverns stare at him with glossy black eyes."
    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, p 117

    October 23, 2011