- Medieval (culture)
- Heraldic (attribute)
- Friendly (behaviour)
One of the beasts of heraldry that has the appearance of a camel but with the head and tusks of a wild boar. Also unlike the camel that has its specialist designed camel toes, the Ypotryll has cloven hooves like a boar. Pictures of this legendary animal tend to show it with two humps on its back. The Ypotryll features on the coat of arms from the Tudor period in England. Some speculate that the creatures derives its name from the Greek word ‘hippo’ and is thus a creature that may be related to or actually be a hippo. However this is only mere speculation.
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