Grisons

Grisons

[French gree-zawn]
noun
a canton in E Switzerland. 2747 sq. mi. (7115 sq. km). Capital: Chur.
German Graubünden.
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grison

[grahy-suhn, griz-uhn]
noun
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; < French, equivalent to Middle French gris gray (see griseous) + -on diminutive suffix

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grison (ˈɡraɪsən, ˈɡrɪzən)
 
n
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]

Grisons (ɡrizɔ̃)
 
n
the French name for Graubünden

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grisons

largest and most easterly canton of Switzerland; it has an area of 2,743 square miles (7,105 square km), of which two-thirds is classed as productive (forests covering one-fifth of the total). The entire canton is mountainous, containing peaks and glaciers of the Todi (11,857 feet [3,614 metres]), Bernina (13,284 feet), Adula, Albula, Silvretta, and Rhatikon ranges in the Central Alps. These ranges are penetrated by a system of level valleys, of which the inner ones are the highest in central Europe. The principal valleys, running southwest to northeast, are those of the Upper Rhine

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