Y is for Ypotryll

az15_YpotryllDiana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, MDDW, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasy, young adultHeraldic beasts have provided many chimera-like creatures. They’ve been super helpful getting through the entire alphabet (even if the didn’t help with X).

My penultimate (love that word!) post for the A to Z Blogging Challenge of 2015 is the Ypotryll. Y was almost as difficult as X!

This creature has the tusked head of a boar, the body of a camel, legs of an ox, and a serpent’s tail.

A person picked these bits and pieces of various animals to represent his title or family name. Maybe they pulled the animals and parts from a hat to decide.


  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ypotryll
  • http://www.mostly-medieval.com/explore/beastdict.htm
  • http://www.heraldicclipart.com/catalog/Ypotryll.html

Have you decided on your heraldic beast yet?

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