One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A weasellike mammal with dark fur and a white stripe across the forehead, found in Central and South America.
- ‘The grison hunts both night and day, and is often seen in small groups.’
- ‘The grison has a greater resemblance to the weasel than to any other animal.’
- ‘The tayra is larger than the grison, and while the grison lives on the ground in more open country, the tayra is a forest animal and lives in trees.’
- ‘The lesser grison is native to regions of central and southern South America.’
Late 18th century: from French, from gris ‘gray’.
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