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Non è finto il destrier, ma naturale,
ch'una giumenta generò d'un Grifo:
simile al padre avea la piuma e l'ale,
li piedi anteriori, il capo e il grifo;
in tutte l'altre membra parea quale
era la madre, e chiamasi ippogrifo;
che nei monti Rifei vengon, ma rari,
molto di là dagli aghiacciati mari.

No fiction wrought magic lore,
But natural was the steed the wizard pressed;
For him a filly to griffin bore;
Hight hippogryph. In wings and beak and crest,
Formed like his sire, as in the feet before;
But like the mare, his dam, in all the rest.
Such on Riphaean hills, though rarely found,
Are bred, beyond the frozen ocean's bound.

The description of the hippogriff in Orlando Furioso, original Italian and English translation; not necessarily the Ur-Example, but definitely the Trope Maker.
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