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[ krooz, kroos ]
/ kruz, krus /


an earthen pot, bottle, etc., for liquids.

Nearby words

crus of penis, crusade, crusader, crusades, crusado, cruse, crush, crush bar, crush barrier, crush syndrome, crush-resistant

Origin of cruse

1225–75; Middle English crouse (Old English crūse; cognate with German Krause pot with lid), conflated with croo (Old English crōg, crōh; cognate with German Krug jug) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cruse


/ (kruːz) /


a small earthenware container used, esp formerly, for liquids

Word Origin for cruse

Old English crūse; related to Middle High German krūse, Dutch kroes jug
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Word Origin and History for cruse



"small vessel for liquids," early 15c., perhaps related to Old Norse krus "pot, tankard," from a general Germanic root of unknown origin. Cf. Middle Dutch cruese, Dutch kroes "cup, pot, mug," Middle Low German krus, Danish krus "mug, jug," German Krause "jug, mug."

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