Word: gris-gris or grigri or greegree
noun: A charm, amulet, or fetish.
From French, of West African origin. Earliest documented use: 1698.
“The marabout [a Muslim holy man] produced a small calculator, punched in some numbers, and quoted a price of more than a thousand dollars for the gris-gris. ‘With it you can walk across the entire desert and no one will harm you,’ he promised.”
Peter Gwin; The Telltale Scribes of Timbuktu; National Geographic (Washington, DC); Jan 2011.
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