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[krooz, kroos] /kruz, krus/
an earthen pot, bottle, etc., for liquids.
Origin of cruse
1225-75; Middle English crouse (Old English crūse; cognate with German Krause pot with lid), conflated with croo (Old English crōg, crōh; cognate with German Krug jug) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cruse
Historical Examples
  • We all have only our one cruse of energy given us to make the best of.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • The better rendering is "cruse" or "flask" instead of "box."

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • God is good;—the "barrel of meal" does not fail, nor the "cruse of oil."

  • Mark you, preacher, it is not enough that you are a cruse; you must be filled with that which heals.

    Broken Bread Thomas Champness
  • An handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • Mr. cruse himself had not shone very brightly at the University.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • Mr. cruse had been at St. Bees, but had afterwards gone to the University.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • Now Mr. cruse, as being a clergyman, was of course not a fighting man.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • Your garner and sympathy have been like the widow's cruse, and may they ever continue to be so.

British Dictionary definitions for cruse


a small earthenware container used, esp formerly, for liquids
Word Origin
Old English crūse; related to Middle High German krūse, Dutch kroes jug
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Word Origin and History for cruse

"small vessel for liquids," early 15c., perhaps related to Old Norse krus "pot, tankard," from a general Germanic root of unknown origin. Cf. Middle Dutch cruese, Dutch kroes "cup, pot, mug," Middle Low German krus, Danish krus "mug, jug," German Krause "jug, mug."

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