- a withered, witchlike old woman.
Origin of crone
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch croonie old ewe < Old North French caronie carrion
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- a witchlike old woman
C14: from Old Northern French carogne carrion, ultimately from Latin caro flesh
Word Origin and History for cronish
late 14c., from Anglo-French carogne, from Old North French carogne, term of abuse for a cantankerous or withered woman, literally "carrion," from Vulgar Latin *caronia (see carrion).
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