Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. griffin, (white) newcomer
  • n. grasp; reach
  • n. An arrangement of parallel bars for lifting the hooked wires which raise the warp threads in a loom for weaving figured goods.
  • n. marijuana.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Grasp; reach.
  • n. An arrangement of parallel bars for lifting the hooked wires which raise the warp threads in a loom for weaving figured goods.
  • n. A person of mixed blood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete variant of graft.
  • n. Gripe; grasp; reach.
  • n. Same as griffin, 4.
  • n. A deep valley with a rocky chasm at the bottom.
  • n. A mulatto; also, one of mixed Indian and negro blood.

Etymologies

Shortened from earlier griffin. (Wiktionary)
Compare grip, gripe. (Wiktionary)

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