a unit of capacity used for measuring fresh herring, equal to 37.5 gallons
Word Origin for cran
C18: of uncertain origin
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"Tak the cutter's freight at a hundre' cran, an' I'm no caring," said Christie.Christie Johnstone
Cran, kran, n. a measure of capacity in Scotland for herrings when just taken out of the net.