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also gris-gris  (grē′grē)
n. pl. gri·gris also gris-gris (grē′grē)
An African charm, fetish, or amulet.

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




n, pl -gris (-ɡriːz) or -grees
(Other Non-Christian Religions) an African talisman, amulet, or charm
[of African origin]
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or gris-gris


n., pl. -gris (-ˌgriz)
an African charm, amulet, or fetish.
[1755–65; < French gris-gris, grigri; orig. obscure]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grigri - an African amulet
amulet, talisman - a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease
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Contact: Bernard Grigri, sales and marketing VP; Tom Moleski, marketing manager, Alison Litecky, marketing coordinator
Il l'a fait surtout en procedant au phenomene du grigri dont ont fait usage ses joueur, notamment le gardien de but, ce qui a pese un peu lourd sur le mental des joueurs rajaouis et leur staff technique autour du coach tunisien, Faouzi Benzarti qui n'arrive plus a savoir a quel Saint se vouer.
Bernard Grigri, who served as the director of North American marketing for Arc International NA, moves into the newly created position of vice president of sales and marketing for the company.
"Depending on which channel of distribution [you are dealing with], price point is different, but not as different as it used to be," said Bernard Grigri, vice president of marketing at Arc International.