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griffe

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[ grif ]
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noun Chiefly Louisiana.
the offspring of a Black person and a mulatto.
a person of mixed Black and American Indian ancestry.
a mulatto, especially a woman.
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Origin of griffe

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An Americanism first recorded in 1715–25; from Louisiana French, from Caribbean Spanish grifo “curly-haired”

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[ grif ]
/ grɪf /

noun Architecture.
an ornament at the base of a column, projecting from the torus toward a corner of the plinth.
Also called spur.

Origin of griffe

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1870–75; <French: claw <Germanic
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British Dictionary definitions for griffe

griffe
/ (ɡrɪf) /

noun
architect a carved ornament at the base of a column, often in the form of a claw

Word Origin for griffe

C19: from French: claw, of Germanic origin
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