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Quotation #12191 from The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce):

HIPPOGRIFF, n. An animal (now extinct) which was half horse and half griffin. The griffin was itself a compound creature, half lion and half eagle. The hippogriff was actually, therefore, a one-quarter eagle, which is two dollars and fifty cents in gold. The study of zoology is full of surprises.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
US author & satirist (1842 - 1914)  

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