gris-gris

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

Definition of gris-gris

: a talisman, amulet, voodoo charm, spell, or incantation believed capable of warding off evil and bringing good luck to oneself or of bringing misfortune to another

First Known Use of gris-gris

1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gris-gris

French

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“Gris-gris.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gris-gris. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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