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From Old Irish gríb (gyrfalcon, griffin, talon) (compare Manx greeu), from Latin gryphus, from Ancient Greek γρύψ (grúps).


gríobh f (genitive singular gríbhe, nominative plural gríobha)

  1. griffin
  2. talon
  3. (figuratively) fierce warrior


Related terms[edit]

  • gríobhach (griffon-like; fierce, formidable, adjective)
  • gríofa (griffon-like, adjective)


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
gríobh ghríobh ngríobh
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • "gríobh" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • gríb” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • Entries containing “gríobh” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “gríobh” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.