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noun Chiefly Louisiana.
  1. the offspring of a black and a mulatto.
  2. a person of mixed black and American Indian ancestry.
  3. a mulatto, especially a woman.
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Origin of griffe1

1715–25, Americanism; < Louisiana French < American Spanish grifo curly-haired


noun Architecture.
  1. an ornament at the base of a column, projecting from the torus toward a corner of the plinth.
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Origin of griffe2

1870–75; < French: claw < Germanic
Also called spur.
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Examples from the Web for griffe

Historical Examples

  • In a few minutes there passed by us three tall men, griffe in shade.

    Latitude 19 degree

    Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield

  • They were only signed with a griffe, or stamp, not by the King's pen and hand.

  • 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

    William Duthie

  • But the griffe rudely jerked me to my feet again, and told me, I suppose, that I was to accompany him.

    Latitude 19 degree

    Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield

British Dictionary definitions for griffe


  1. architect a carved ornament at the base of a column, often in the form of a claw
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Word Origin

C19: from French: claw, of Germanic origin
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