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noun (1)

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


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noun (2)

variants or griff
plural -s
: 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

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

Word History


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 30 May. 2024.

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