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[krok-it] /ˈkrɒk ɪt/
noun, Architecture.
a medieval ornament, usually in the form of a leaf that curves up and away from the supporting surface and returns partially upon itself.
Origin of crocket
1300-50; Middle English croket hook < Anglo-French, equivalent to croc hook (< Germanic; see crook1) + -et -et. See crochet, crotchet Unabridged
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  • The crocket was also introduced as a new feature in this style.

  • Mrs. crocket will see about having somebody to take care of the house.

    He Knew He Was Right

    Anthony Trollope
  • I spoke to Mrs. crocket yesterday about a cart for moving the things.

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    Anthony Trollope
  • He was sojourning at Mrs. crocket's, and had been there for the last two days.

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    Anthony Trollope
  • crocket, detached flowers or bunches of foliage, used to decorate the angles of spires, pinnacles and gables.

  • Of such lambent ornament, the most important piece is the crocket, of which I rapidly set before you the origin.

    Val d'Arno John Ruskin
  • crocket—an ornament usually resembling a leaf half opened, and projecting from the upper edge of a canopy or pyramidal covering.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys Dugald Butler and Herbert Story
  • So they had called at the Stag and Antlers, and Mrs. crocket had told them her mind upon several matters.

    He Knew He Was Right

    Anthony Trollope
  • Mrs. crocket's boy, though he was only about three feet high, was a miracle of skill and discretion.

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    Anthony Trollope
  • "It's them counter-skippers as turns up their little noses at the victuals as is set before them," said Mrs. crocket.

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British Dictionary definitions for crocket


a carved ornament in the form of a curled leaf or cusp, used in Gothic architecture Also called crochet
Word Origin
C17: from Anglo-French croket a little hook, from croc hook, of Scandinavian origin
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Word Origin and History for crocket

c.1300, "curl of hair," from Anglo-French crocket, from northern French form of French crochet (see crochet). Meaning "ornamental device on a Gothic pediment" is from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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