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[groh-ser] /ˈgroʊ sər/

the owner or operator of a store that sells general food supplies and certain nonedible articles of household use, as soaps and paper products.
a dealer in foodstuffs and other household supplies

early 15c. (mid-13c. as a surname), “one who buys and sells in gross,” from Anglo-French grosser, Old French grossier, from Medieval Latin grossarius “wholesaler,” literally “dealer in quantity,” from Late Latin grossus “coarse (of food), great, gross” (see gross). Sense of “a merchant selling individual items of food” is 16c.


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