Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as gru-gru.
- n. A charm or amulet; a fetish.
- n. In West Africa, the sassy-bark: see Erythrophleum. The name is probably due to the fact that the tree enters into the fetish worship and ordeals of the natives.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An African amulet, talisman or charm. Same as gree-gree
- n. tropical American feather palm having a swollen spiny trunk and edible nuts
- n. an African amulet
“Nor do they employ skilled physicians to any considerable extent, especially in the early stages of their illness, for, inheriting from their African ancestry a belief in the potency of gri-gri charms”
“She called him Gri-Gri from the first, but they knew only long afterwards that "gri-gri" meant "grey-grey," to signify that she called him after his grizzled hairs.”
“She called him Gri-Gri from the first, but they knew only long afterward that "gri-gri" meant "gray-gray," to signify that she called him after his grizzled hairs.”
“Moronval, who placed no faith in the _gri-gri_, presented his bill -- and such a bill!”
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