gris-gris

noun
\ˈgrē-(ˌ)grē \
variants: or less commonly
plural gris-gris\ ˈgrē-​(ˌ)grēz \ also grigri

Definition of gris-gris 

: an amulet or incantation used chiefly by people of black African ancestry

First Known Use of gris-gris

1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gris-gris

French

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