( ) is a
creature with two legs and a barbed tail
often found in mediaeval heraldry
. The word is derived from Middle English
, from Old North French wivre
The wyvern is regarded as a type of dragon
Wyverns are normally shown as dragons with two legs and two wings
that may have clawed tips. Some have been known to have no legs.
Sometimes there are eagle's claws on the wingtips. The rest of its
appearance can vary, such as appearing with a tail spade or with a
Steve Alten's The Loch the Loch
Ness Monster is a guivre which got into Loch Ness through Moray
In the 1989 film La Vouivre
was a wood nymph
interpreted wyverns as surviving pterosaurs
, which were extinct around 65 million
years ago. There are alleged sightings in remote areas of
pterosaur-like creatures such as the Kongamato
Mascots and cultural references
is a frequent mascot, especially in Wales and Wessex, but also
farther afield in Herefordshire and Worcestershire,
as the rivers Wye and Severn run through Hereford and Worcester respectively.
For example, one of the local
radio stations is called Wyvern FM
Vauxhall Motors had a model in its range in the 1950s called the
. A wyvern is also the mascot
of the Korean Baseball Organization team SK
, established in 2000. In the Dragon Warrior (Dragon
Quest) series, Wyverns, and a number of Magiwyverns are common
enemies as the character gains experience.
- Pennick, Nigel (1997). Dragons of the West. Capall
- Rainsnow.org, The Wonderful World of Cryptozoology,
Retrieved April 26, 2007.