"the antique griffin-legged tubs"
Griffin statue, Temple Bar, London
Creative Commons AttributionGriffin statue, Temple Bar, London - Credit: Elliott Brown, Flickr

A griffin is a mythical beast with the body and hind legs of a lion, and the head, wings and claws of an eagle.

Some old-fashioned cast iron bathtubs stand on four ornate legs of different designs (such as griffin legs). One of the most common designs for cast iron bathtub legs is the 'clawfoot' design.

Clawfoot bathtub
Creative Commons AttributionClawfoot bathtub - Credit: Wendy, Flickr