crotchet

[ kroch-it ]
/ ˈkrɒtʃ ɪt /

noun

an odd fancy or whimsical notion.
a small hook.
a hooklike device or part.
Entomology. a small, hooklike process.
Music. Chiefly British. a quarter note.
a curved surgical instrument with a sharp hook.

Origin of crotchet

1350–1400; Middle English crochet hook, staff with hook at end < Middle French (see crochet); doublet of crocket
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crotchet

/ (ˈkrɒtʃɪt) /

noun

music a note having the time value of a quarter of a semibreveUsual US and Canadian name: quarter note
a small hook or hooklike device
a perverse notion
zoology a small notched or hooked process, as in an insect

Word Origin for crotchet

C14: from Old French crochet, literally: little hook, from croche hook; see crocket
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