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 Grève (1 syl.).Grey Hen (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Grey Friars.
 
Franciscan friars, so called from their grey habit. Black friars are Dominicans, and White friars Carmelites.   1
 


 Grève (1 syl.).Grey Hen (A). 

 
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