noun (1)
\ ˈgrif How to pronounce griffe (audio) \
plural -s

Definition of griffe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person of three-quarter black and one-quarter white ancestry
2 : a person of mixed black and American Indian blood


noun (2)
\ ˈgrif How to pronounce griffe (audio) \
variants: or griff
plural -s

Definition of griffe (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an ornament resembling a claw that projects from the round base of an architectural column upon the angle formed by a corner of the plinth

called also spur

2 : an arrangement of parallel bars on a loom for lifting the hooked wires that raise the warp threads in weaving jacquard or dobby fabrics

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History and Etymology for griffe

Noun (1)

French, from American Spanish grifo, from Spanish, adjective, kinky-haired, from grifo, noun, griffin, from Latin gryphus

Noun (2)

French griffe, literally, claw, from Middle French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German grīfan to grasp, seize

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“Griffe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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