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[kraw] /krɔ/
the crop of a bird or insect.
the stomach of an animal.
stick in one's craw, to cause considerable or abiding resentment; rankle:
She said I was pompous, and that really stuck in my craw.
Origin of craw
1350-1400; Middle English crawe, probably akin to crag2
Can be confused
craw, crow.
craw, crawl. Unabridged
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  • The seed came from the craw of a wild swan that they had shot.

  • Something stuck in his craw, and he couldn't figure out what it was.

    The Bramble Bush Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Colonel craw sent me a letter to this effect, which I treated as it deserved.

    The Fatal Boots William Makepeace Thackeray
  • "He ain't got the sand in his craw to make a killing," said one of the listeners.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • "Just the same, he's got something in his craw," replied the sheriff.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • Fill the craw of the fowl, &c.; but do not cram it so as to disfigure its shape.

  • It was pumping up the food from its craw, in the same way that a pigeon does.

    In a Cheshire Garden Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton
British Dictionary definitions for craw


a less common word for crop (sense 6)
the stomach of an animal
(informal) stick in one's craw, stick in one's throat, to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe
Word Origin
C14: related to Middle High German krage, Middle Dutch crāghe neck, Icelandic kragi collar
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Word Origin and History for craw

Old English *cræg "throat," a Germanic word (e.g. Middle Dutch craghe "neck, throat," Old High German chrago, German Kragen "collar, neck"), of obscure origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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