Griffes

Griffes

[grif-uhs]
noun
Charles Tomlinson, 1884–1920, U.S. composer.
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griffe

1 [grif]
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:
1715–25, Americanism; < Louisiana French < American Spanish grifo curly-haired

griffe

2 [grif]
noun Architecture.
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)
 
n
architect a carved ornament at the base of a column, often in the form of a claw
 
[C19: from French: claw, of Germanic origin]

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