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Borrowing from Yiddish גריבענעס(gribenes), from Middle High German griebe(piece of fat, crackling).



gribenes (uncountable)

  1. A snack food in Eastern European Jewish cuisine, combining cracklings of chicken or goose skin with fried onions
    • 2008 February 20, “Letters”, in New York Times[1]:
      But the only gribenes I ate growing up came from my grandmother’s South Beach kitchen.
    • Robin Williams in w:Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
      • "Oi, it was such a shanda. I should never buy gribenes from a Mohel. It's so chewy."
  2. Cracklings from rendered chicken fat
    • Calvin Trillin, The Tummy Trilogy anthology, New York: Noonday Press (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux), 1974, p. 166 (variant spelling: greven); originally published in Alice, Let's Eat