gri·gri also gris-gris (grēgrē)
n. pl. gri·gris also gris-gris (grēgrē)
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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19th-century wood oath-taking figure with nails from the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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