What is the AILPHYN?

Updated: Jun 25, 2018



Via Kelcey Swain


AILPHYN [AL-fin]

noun

1. Also known as "Alphyn" or "Alpheyn" -- a rare heraldic creature featured on war banners, much like a tyger, but stockier and blending elements of wolves and lions with its own unique features. The Alphyn has a long tail twisted into three knots, suggesting a Celtic origin; however, the word comes from Germanic origin and means "chaser" or "wolf." The tales surrounding the regal Alphyn suggest it could breathe fire and had a fierce reputation. It also figured in medieval chess sets, replacing the bishop and standing as a "judge."





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