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The '''griffin''' (also ''gryphon'' or ''griffon'') is a mythical creature composed part bird and part lion, generally a [[lion]]'s body with an [[eagle]]'s head and wings. In some cases the forelegs are also avian. Occasionally sources also grant it the tail of a serpent or a scorpion, but this is little used in [[heraldry]]. Heraldic sources insist on the retention of the lion's swept-back pointed ears, so that an eagles' head and a griffin's may be distinct charges.
 
The '''griffin''' (also ''gryphon'' or ''griffon'') is a mythical creature composed part bird and part lion, generally a [[lion]]'s body with an [[eagle]]'s head and wings. In some cases the forelegs are also avian. Occasionally sources also grant it the tail of a serpent or a scorpion, but this is little used in [[heraldry]]. Heraldic sources insist on the retention of the lion's swept-back pointed ears, so that an eagles' head and a griffin's may be distinct charges.
   

Revision as of 23:37, 23 February 2006

The griffin (also gryphon or griffon) is a mythical creature composed part bird and part lion, generally a lion's body with an eagle's head and wings. In some cases the forelegs are also avian. Occasionally sources also grant it the tail of a serpent or a scorpion, but this is little used in heraldry. Heraldic sources insist on the retention of the lion's swept-back pointed ears, so that an eagles' head and a griffin's may be distinct charges.

In heraldry, a rampant griffin is termed segreant.

The heraldic keythong is a male griffin, represented as wingless but with either spikes of fur or jets of flame or light coming from the main body area.