Hippogriff is a noun and defined as a legendary animal having the foreparts of a griffin and the body of a horse. The term hippogriff derives from the Ancient Greek word híppos meaning “horse” and the Latin word gryphus meaning “griffin.” The first known use of the term hippogriff was in 1612 by Ludovico Ariosto in his Italian epic poem Orlando Furioso. By 1615, the term was popular among English language speakers.
Today in pop culture, Buckbeak from Harry Potter is one of the most popular hippogriffs. In the comments below, list any popular hippogriffs you are familiar with!
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The hippogriff from Hogwarts Legacy is named Highwing. I was very interested to learn that hippogriffs predated JK Rowling. I was always under the impression that they were one of her creations. Thanks for the new knowledge!