- a ceremonial staff carried by a bishop or an abbot, hooked at one end like a shepherd's crook.
- Botany. the circinate young frond of a fern.
Origin of crosier
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Examples from the Web for crosier
Their insignia of office, the miter and crosier, are familiar to every one.An Introduction to the History of Western Europe
James Harvey Robinson
That was called a crosier, Daoud recalled, and was the cardinal's staff of office.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
The crosier is of silver-gilt, and weighs about seven or eight pounds.The Archaeology and Prehistoric Annals of Scotland
In 1048, Wulgate, twelfth Abbot of Croyland, received the crosier and ring from the king.Finger-Ring Lore
The mitre and crosier were the emblems of the episcopal office.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church
Alexander Clarence Flick
- a staff surmounted by a crook or cross, carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office
- the tip of a young plant, esp a fern frond, that is coiled into a hook
C14: from Old French crossier staff bearer, from crosse pastoral staff, literally: hooked stick, of Germanic origin
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