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Griffin vs. Phoenix

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Griffinnoun

A mythical beast having the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle.

Phoenixnoun

(mythology) A mythological bird, said to be the only one of its kind, which lives for 500 years and then dies by burning to ashes on a pyre of its own making, ignited by the sun. It then arises anew from the ashes.

Griffinnoun

A heraldic representation of such a beast used as a charge or as a supporter.

Phoenixnoun

(figuratively) Anything that is reborn after apparently being destroyed. Usually used as a simile.

‘Astronomers believe planets might form in this dead star's disk, like the mythical Phoenix rising up out of the ashes.’;

Griffinnoun

A large vulture (Gyps fulvus) found in the mountainous parts of Southern Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor, supposed to be the "eagle" of the Bible. The bearded griffin is the lammergeier.

Phoenixnoun

(Chinese mythology) A mythological Chinese chimerical bird whose physical body symbolizes the six celestial bodies.

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Griffinnoun

An English early apple.

Phoenixnoun

(historical) A Greek silver coin used briefly from 1828 to 1832, divided into 100 lepta.

Griffinnoun

A person who has just arrived from Europe.

Phoenixnoun

Same as Phenix.

Griffinnoun

A cadet newly arrived in British India: half English, half Indian.

Phoenixnoun

A genus of palms including the date tree.

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Griffinnoun

A watchful guardian, especially a duenna in charge of a young woman.

Phoenixnoun

the state capital and largest city of Arizona; situated in a former desert that has become a prosperous agricultural center thanks to irrigation

Griffinnoun

An Anglo-Indian name for a person just arrived from Europe.

Phoenixnoun

a large monocotyledonous genus of pinnate-leaved palms found in Asia and Africa

Griffinnoun

A fabulous monster, half lion and half eagle. It is often represented in Grecian and Roman works of art.

Phoenixnoun

a legendary Arabian bird said to periodically burn itself to death and emerge from the ashes as a new phoenix; according to most versions only one phoenix lived at a time and it renewed itself every 500 years

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Griffinnoun

A representation of this creature as an heraldic charge.

Phoenixnoun

a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Tucana and Sculptor

Griffinnoun

A species of large vulture (Gyps fulvus) found in the mountainous parts of Southern Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor; - called also gripe, and grype. It is supposed to be the "eagle" of the Bible. The bearded griffin is the lammergeir.

Phoenixnoun

the state capital of Arizona; population 1,567,924 (est. 2008). Its dry climate makes it a popular winter resort.

Griffinnoun

An English early apple.

Phoenixnoun

a southern constellation (the Phoenix), west of Grus.

Griffinnoun

winged monster with an eagle-like head and body of a lion

Phoenixnoun

used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the constellation Phoenix

‘the star Delta Phoenicis’;

Griffin

The griffin, griffon, or gryphon (Ancient Greek: γρύψ, grū́ps; Classical Latin: grȳps or grȳpus; Late and Medieval Latin: gryphes, grypho etc.; Old French: griffon) is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and sometimes an eagle's talons as its front feet. Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts, and the eagle the king of the birds, by the Middle Ages, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature.

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