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[krag] /kræg/
a steep, rugged rock; rough, broken, projecting part of a rock.
Origin of crag1
1275-1325; Middle English < British Celtic; akin to Welsh craig rock
Related forms
craglike, adjective


[krag] /kræg/
noun, Scot. and North England.
the neck, throat, or craw.
1425-75; late Middle English cragge < Middle Dutch crage neck, throat; cognate with German Kragen collar; cf. craw Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for crags
Historical Examples
  • It was a dread of the abyss, the dread of the crags which seemed to nod upon me.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • In all directions were mountains, canyons, and crags in bewildering profusion.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • There are smooth patches, but it is broken up into crags and seracs.

    The Crystal Hunters George Manville Fenn
  • There is just a footpath between the crags and the pond, which is very deep on that side.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • And then two black figures were outlined on the crags beyond.

    The Story of a Mine Bret Harte
  • Once he climbed to a dizzy height by clinging to 78 the crags.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • And what a race, brooding over its nests in the eagles' crags!

  • That made it quite clear that the slope ended in another wall of crags.

    The Gold Trail

    Harold Bindloss
  • For five minutes there was a silence as of the dead beneath the crags.

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • The next, the crags behind them rang to the sound of the war whoop.

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for crags


a formation of shelly sandstone in E England, deposited during the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs


a steep rugged rock or peak
Word Origin
C13: of Celtic origin; related to Old Welsh creik rock
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Word Origin and History for crags



early 14c.; as a place-name element attested from c.1200, probably from a Celtic source akin to Old Irish crec "rock," and carrac "cliff," Welsh craig "rock, stone," Manx creg.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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