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or cro·zier

[ kroh-zher ]
/ ˈkroʊ ʒər /


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.

Nearby words

crore, crorepati, crosby, crosby, bing, crosette, crosier, crosland, cross, cross a bridge when one comes to it, cross as a bear, cross assembler

Origin of crosier

1350–1400; short for crosier-staff; Middle English crosier staff-bearer < Middle French; replacing Middle English crocer < Anglo-French. See crosse, -er2
Related formscro·siered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crosier



/ (ˈkrəʊʒə) /


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

Word Origin for crosier

C14: from Old French crossier staff bearer, from crosse pastoral staff, literally: hooked stick, of Germanic origin
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