Definitions

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

  • n. An African charm, fetish, or amulet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Etymologies

French, of West African origin; akin to Balanta (Niger-Congo language of Guinea-Bissau and Senegal) grigri, amulet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a trademark of French company Petzl, probably related to French grimper, "climb". (Wiktionary)
See gris-gris (Wiktionary)

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