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Alteration of Middle English wyvere(viper), borrowing from Old Northern French wivre, from Latin vīpera(viper; snake, serpent). See also weever.

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wyvern ‎(plural wyverns)

  1. (heraldry, mythology) Mythical dragon-like creature, having wings, only two legs and a barbed tail.
    • 1940-54 The Collected Poetry of Malcolm Lowry, "WE SIT UNHACKLED DRUNK AND MAD TO EDIT", UBC Press,1992, p.222:
      Notions of freedom are tied up in drink / Our ideal life contains a tavern / Where man may sit and talk of or just think / All without fear of the nighted wyvern, / Or yet another tavern where it appears.

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