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[grif] /grɪf/
noun, Chiefly Louisiana.
the offspring of a black and a mulatto.
a person of mixed black and American Indian ancestry.
a mulatto, especially a woman.
Origin of griffe1
1715-25, Americanism; < Louisiana French < American Spanish grifo curly-haired


[grif] /grɪf/
noun, Architecture
an ornament at the base of a column, projecting from the torus toward a corner of the plinth.
Also called spur.
1870-75; < French: claw < Germanic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In a few minutes there passed by us three tall men, griffe in shade.

    Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
  • 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
  • They were only signed with a griffe, or stamp, not by the King's pen and hand.

    Historical Mysteries Andrew Lang
  • 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


(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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