Definitions

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  • noun An African charm, fetish, or amulet.

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  • noun climbing A belay device that incorporates an automatic breaking system.
  • noun Alternative spelling of gris-gris.

Etymologies

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[French, of West African origin; akin to Balanta (Niger-Congo language of Guinea-Bissau and Senegal) grigri, amulet.]

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From a trademark of French company Petzl, probably related to French grimper, "climb".

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See gris-gris

Examples

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  • Lock for rope in climbing.

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