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see Brussels griffonBrussels griffon,
breed of sturdy toy dog developed in Belgium in the 18th and 19th cent. It stands about 8 in. (20.3 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 6 to 12 lb (2.7–5.5 kg). There are two varieties, the wirehaired and the smooth.
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; wirehaired pointing griffonwirehaired pointing griffon,
breed of medium-sized sporting dog developed in Holland and France in the late 19th cent. It stands about 22 in. (56 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs between 45 and 60 lb (20.4–27.2 kg).
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griffin, griffon, gryphon

A mythological beast having a lion’s body with an eagle’s head and wings; used decoratively.


1. any of various small wire-haired breeds of dog, originally from Belgium
2. any large vulture of the genus Gyps, of Africa, S Europe, and SW Asia, having a pale plumage with black wings: family Accipitridae (hawks)
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Large flocks of griffon vultures were seen soaring high above Israel, their graceful moves unlike other birds--except kites.
5 -- color) A Cape Griffon vulture family tears apart some horse meat for a young chick born at the zoo.
A study by Luis Barrios and Alejandro Rodriguez found that wind farm mortality mainly affected two resident raptor species--the griffon vulture and common kestrel--and that only a small fraction of migrating birds were at risk from turbine collisions.
The Pyrenees population of Griffon vultures has apparently been affected by an EC ruling that due to danger of BSE transmission, no dead animals must be left on the fields.
A few dozen couples of griffon vultures in several colonies are still incubating and expect to hatch their young soon.
The incidence of healed fractures to wing bones of White-backed and Ruppell's Griffon vultures (Gyps africanus and G.
The game services are also looking into bringing more Griffon vultures from Crete in the beginning of the New Year.
TWELVE scientists are currently meeting in Limassol as part of ongoing efforts to protect Griffon vultures on the island.
South of Alghero the road winds around scrubby hilltops, populated, I'm told, by griffon vultures.
The other reason for the moratorium has been the scandal over the 10,000 birds and bats killed in just one year, including 500 protected griffon vultures and dozens of eagles, kites and other raptors.
Griffon vultures and Ravens in Cyprus are both on the brink of extinction, largely due to accidental, yet illegal, poisoning.
BIRD conservationists have once again highlighted the dwindling populations of indigenous local species, estimating the population of Griffon vultures and ravens is down to just 25