- the offspring of a black and a mulatto.
- a person of mixed black and American Indian ancestry.
- a mulatto, especially a woman.
Origin of griffe1
1715–25, Americanism; < Louisiana French < American Spanish grifo curly-haired
- an ornament at the base of a column, projecting from the torus toward a corner of the plinth.
Origin of griffe2
1870–75; < French: claw < Germanic
Also called spur.
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Examples from the Web for griffe
In a few minutes there passed by us three tall men, griffe in shade.
They were only signed with a griffe, or stamp, not by the King's pen and hand.Historical Mysteries
I longed to interpose with a warning word, for in the handwriting I recognized the griffe of the fatal Delilah.Guy Livingstone;
George A. Lawrence
Monsieur only goes away to wait upon the griffe, his master, when he wants more work; his griffe is a slop tailor.A Tramp's Wallet
But the griffe rudely jerked me to my feet again, and told me, I suppose, that I was to accompany him.
- architect a carved ornament at the base of a column, often in the form of a claw
C19: from French: claw, of Germanic origin
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