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Gryps masculus

Poster: "Ed Hopkins" <Ed.Hopkins@MCI.Com>

>     Okay, no awards for answering this one, but I'm in search of a 
> relatively quick answer to what should be a simple question.  I need to 
> know what is the proper way to spell gryphon when referring to a male 
> version and what the difference, if any is?

I believe the following things about griffons:

* Either "gryphon" or "griffon" can be used to refer to
  either sex.

* The default gender for a gryphon is female.

* A male gryphon doesn't have wings; instead he has
  rays issuing from his shoulders to symbolize his
  wing envy.

-- Alfredo
Per pale azure and argent, a jester's belled hood
(Cucullus scurrae tintinnabulatus) of two ears
affronty counterchanged.

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