‘Grizzly’ or ‘grisly’?
The gang committed a series of grisly crimes.
Whereas grizzly is chiefly used with reference to a kind of large American bear and can also mean ‘grey or grey-haired’, as in:
As the years went on he became grizzly in appearance.
There is also the word gristly, which is pronounced similarly to grizzly and grisly, but means ‘consisting of or full of gristle’.
The beef was extremely gristly.
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