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グリフィン is the name Griffin written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese).
グリフィン is used mostly as the name Griffin but can also refer to the mythical beast. It sounds like "Griffin" but does not hold the meaning of the beast known as a Griffin. グリフィン is strictly a transliteration of the way Griffin sounds in English but using Japanese sounds to pronounce it.
Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
鷹頭獅 is the Chinese title for a Griffin.
This refers to the legendary creature with the head, talons, and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. Sometimes also spelled Gryphon or Griffon. From the Greek γρύφων or γρύπων, or Latin Gryphus.
This Chinese title, 鷹頭獅, literally means, "Eagle Head Lion."
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Griffin||格里芬||gé lǐ fēn|
ge2 li3 fen1
ge li fen
|ko li fen
|yīng tóu shī|
ying1 tou2 shi1
ying tou shi
|ying t`ou shih
ying tou shih
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.