[ grif ]
/ grɪf /

noun Chiefly Louisiana.

the offspring of a black and a mulatto.
a person of mixed black and American Indian ancestry.
a mulatto, especially a woman.


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Origin of griffe

1715–25, Americanism; < Louisiana French < American 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

1870–75; < French: claw < Germanic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for griffe

/ (ɡrɪf) /


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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