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  1. (in old English building) one of a pair of naturally curved timbers forming one of several rigid arched frames supporting the roof of a cottage or farm building.
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Origin of cruck

First recorded in 1885–90; variant of crook1
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Historical Examples of cruck

  • Like the palisade and puncheon methods, the cruck was medieval down to its very core.

    Virginia Architecture in the Seventeenth Century

    Henry Chandlee Forman

British Dictionary definitions for cruck


  1. one of a pair of curved wooden timbers supporting the end of the roof in certain types of building
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Word Origin for cruck

C19: variant of crook (n)
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