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gris-gris

[gree-gree] /ˈgri gri/
noun, plural gris-gris
[gree-greez] /ˈgri griz/ (Show IPA)
1.

grigri

or greegree, gris-gris

[gree-gree] /ˈgri gri/
noun, plural grigris.
1.
an African charm, amulet, or fetish.
Origin of grigri
1755-1765
1755-65; < French gris-gris, grigri, first recorded in West Africa in 1557; origin obscure
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  • Fetichistic peoples consider certain objects called fetiches, gris-gris, etc., as beings endowed with an inherent will and power.

    The Races of Man Joseph Deniker
British Dictionary definitions for gris-gris

gris-gris

/ˈɡriːɡriː/
noun (pl) -gris (-ɡriːz)
1.
a variant spelling of grigri

grigri

/ˈɡriːɡriː/
noun (pl) -gris (-ɡriːz), -grees
1.
an African talisman, amulet, or charm
Word Origin
of African origin
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