One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A winged two-legged dragon with a barbed tail.
- ‘Stephen Friar speculates that the wyvern entered British heraldry as the standard of the Roman cohort and later appeared as the "burning dragon" of Cadwallader (the origin of the red dragon of Wales).’
- ‘A golden wyvern was featured on the flag of King Harold (Goodwinson/ Godewineson) of Wessex and is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry.’
- ‘The wyvern was the emblem of the rulers of Wessex and the word "wyvern" is associated with the many areas of Wessex, reflected in many county and town heraldries of the South West and west of England.’
Late Middle English (denoting a viper): from Old French wivre, from Latin vipera.
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