[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 grison
The grison lives on small mammals and birds, and in settled districts is destructive to poultry.
This is the Grison, which, in appearance and habits, somewhat resembles the wolverene.
He obeyed its summons, but soon found it prudent to make his escape, and reached Chiavenna in the Grison dominions.
- 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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