[kruhs, kroos]

noun, plural cru·ra [kroo r-uh] /ˈkrʊər ə/. Anatomy, Zoology.

the part of the leg or hind limb between the femur or thigh and the ankle or tarsus; shank.
a limb or process, as of a bone or other structure.
any of various parts likened to a leg or to a pair of legs.

Origin of crus

1680–90; < Latin: leg, shank


[kroo; French kry]

noun, plural crus [krooz; French kry] /kruz; French krü/.

(in France) a vineyard producing wine of high quality, sometimes classified by the government as either a Great Growth (Grand Cru) or a First Growth (Premier Cru).

Origin of cru

1815–25; < French, noun use of crû, past participle of croître to grow < Latin crēscere Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crus


noun plural crura (ˈkrʊərə)

anatomy the leg, esp from the knee to the foot
(usually plural) leglike parts or structures

Word Origin for crus

C17: from Latin: leg



winemaking (in France) a vineyard, group of vineyards, or wine-producing region

Word Origin for cru

from French: production, from crû, past participle of croître to grow
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Word Origin and History for crus



from French cru "vineyard," literally "growth" (16c.), from Old French crois (12c.; Modern French croît), from croiss-, stem of croistre "growth, augment, increase," ultimately from Latin crescere "come forth, spring up, grow, thrive" (see crescent).

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Medicine definitions for crus


[krōōs, krŭs]

n. pl. cru•ra (krurə)

The section of the leg between the knee and foot; lower leg; shank.
A body part consisting of elongated masses or diverging bands that resemble legs or roots.
Either of a pair of diverging bands or elongated masses.
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