Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The offspring of a mulatto woman and a negro.
  • n. A mulatto.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The offspring of a mulatto woman and a negro; also, a mulatto.
  • n. A person of mixed negro and American Indian blood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medieval architecture, from the eleventh to the fifteenth century, an ornament on the bases of pillars, connecting the torus with each angle of the plinth.
  • n. In wine-making, a deposit which forms within eight or ten days after new wines are bottled.
  • n. See griff.
  • n. The part of a Jacquard loom which raises the warp-threads. Also called knife-box.

Etymologies

French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If you don't want your fall/winter (spring/summer) collection branded by the unmistakeable "griffe" of moths, choose Autan 4 Seasons.

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  • Pas mon chat: chat du voisin que j'ai acculé chez moi, pour le leur ramener même après qu'il m'ait prévenu à grands coups de griffe qu'il était trop paniqué pour venir tranquillement.

    The Neighbour’s Cat Won — Climb to the Stars

  • The name derives from the old French term for "glutton," an insult the master printers often threw at them, modified to include the word "griffe," or "claw," in order to emphasize the group's economic power.

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  • J'me suis acheté des pitit haut freddy griffe de la nuit, un gilet freddy griffe de la nuit et ...... un pitit haut col mao que je suis beau la dedans quel beau gosse ce pinku (une vraie gonzesse)

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • _Mon ami_, did ever hear of a bourgeois handling sword as you, or bearing arms _un coq d'or griffe de sable, en champ d'azur_?

    Orrain A Romance

  • When the play is approached in this way, it is easy to see the _griffe du lion_ in this, the earliest work of the greatest poet who ever sang repeatedly of love between man and woman, troubled for a time but eventually happy.

    Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works

  • Dans l'un d'eux, Elégance, une griffe de félin, le héros est confronté à un bug de son papier électronique à encre numérique qu'un pirate s'amuse à configurer de manière absurde ...

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  • Et la griffe du prince, et l’antre, et cette odeur:

    La Cour du Lion

  • Along the border of this soulful appeal was engrossed, in a woful mixture of blue and purple inks: “Ye habbit maketh mone over hys sore griffe and mightylie beseacheth the ladye yt she graunt hym ye lone of her hoosband on a pay-daye nite.”

    Eugene Field A Study In Heredity And Contradictions

  • They were only signed with a _griffe_, or stamp, not by the King's pen and hand.

    Historical Mysteries

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