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griffe1

[grif] /grɪf/
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.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25, Americanism; < Louisiana French < American Spanish grifo curly-haired

griffe2

[grif] /grɪf/
noun, Architecture
1.
an ornament at the base of a column, projecting from the torus toward a corner of the plinth.
Also called spur.
Origin
1870-75; < French: claw < Germanic
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griffe

/ɡrɪf/
noun
1.
(architect) a carved ornament at the base of a column, often in the form of a claw
Word Origin
C19: from French: claw, of Germanic origin
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