from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of grigri.

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  • n. A charm, amulet or talisman, of African origin.


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  • Carry your flag with you at all times, for your tiniest fingernail carries a message, a declaration that there is gris-gris at hand.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • Then you need some gris-gris pronounced “gree-gree”: some voodoo/hoodoo medicine that aims to ward off a problematic spell.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • Take a black marking pen and write G-G for gris-gris on your left pinkie.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • You are about to set sail with some new gris-gris.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • He studied my neck, then grabbed the gris-gris that hung from it and yanked it off.

    My Fair Succubi

  • An unfamiliar world is stretched out before me: crowds of tourists and palm readers at every corner, tap dancers, fiddlers, psychics, and shops where people can buy gris-gris and spells.

    The Memory Palace

  • Augustine gave her back the gris-gris bag, then coiled the pendants and their chains into the palm of her hand.

    Black Dust Mambo

  • “Or maybe it took a moment for the gris-gris mojo to wear off.”

    Black Dust Mambo

  • She tucked the gris-gris bag back into her pocket.

    Black Dust Mambo

  • Kallie tried to stand, hoping against hope that, despite the still-present thrumming, the gris-gris bag had been the problem.

    Black Dust Mambo


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  • an amulet or talisman used in Voodoo, may be a small bag with several items that together are a talisman

    January 20, 2008