- a canton in E Switzerland. 2747 sq. mi. (7115 sq. km). Capital: Chur.
[grahy-suh n, griz-uh n]
- a weasellike carnivore, Galictis vittata, ranging from southern Mexico to Peru, having a grayish-white upper body, a distinctive white stripe across the forehead and ears, and a dark brown face, chest, and legs.
Origin of grison
1790–1800; < French, equivalent to Middle French gris gray (see griseous) + -on diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for grisons
It is the capital of the Canton of Grisons, and was the seat of a bishop as early as 562.The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine
I remember, in 1828, to have met one of these in the Grisons, near the upper end of the valley of the Rhine.A Residence in France
J. Fenimore Cooper
In their period of power, the Grisons masters had treated their Italian dependencies with harshness.
Reprinting it in 1879, after eighteen months spent continuously in one high valley of the Grisons, I feel how slight it is.
You made us wait long enough; I began to fear that you had taken root in the Grisons.Samuel Brohl & Company
- the French name for Graubünden
- either of two musteline mammals, Grison (or Galictis) cuja or G. vittata, of Central and South America, having a greyish back and black face and underparts
C18: from French, from grison grey animal, from Old French gris grey
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