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grison

[grahy-suh n, griz-uh n] /ˈgraɪ sən, ˈgrɪz ən/
noun
1.
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
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French, equivalent to Middle French gris gray (see griseous) + -on diminutive suffix
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grison

/ˈɡraɪsən; ˈɡrɪzən/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C18: from French, from grison grey animal, from Old French gris grey
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(Spanish: "ferret"), either of two weasellike carnivores of the genus Galictis (sometimes Grison), family Mustelidae, found in most regions of Central and South America; sometimes tamed when young. These animals have small, broad ears, short legs, and slender bodies 40-50 cm (16-22 inches) long, weighing 1-3 kg (2-6.5 pounds); the tail accounts for an additional 15-20 cm (6-8 inches). Their backs are grayish or brown and their limbs, lower parts, and faces are black; a white stripe runs across the forehead and along the sides of the neck. Gregarious and generally diurnal, they climb, swim, and burrow adeptly and feed on small animals and fruit. Their litters contain two to four young

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