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[krag] /kræg/
a steep, rugged rock; rough, broken, projecting part of a rock.
1275-1325; Middle English < British Celtic; akin to Welsh craig rock
Related forms
craglike, adjective


[krag] /kræg/
noun, Scot. and North England
the neck, throat, or craw.
1425-75; late Middle English cragge < Middle Dutch crage neck, throat; cognate with German Kragen collar; cf. craw Unabridged
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  • Drifts piled high in bleak ravines, and the grim gneissoid crags were begirt with gigantic icicles.
  • Eagles cried out as they soared across the chasms to their crags.
  • Above these flower-dotted slopes the gray, savage wilderness of crags and peaks seems lifeless and bare.
  • Walking these windswept crags on a multi-day foot trip will give you an entirely new perspective on the land and its people.
  • The echoes of the thunder rolled among the crags, and lightning jagged the darkness.
  • And in a state with this many crags, that's saying something.
  • The site is a long, bush-covered set of crags the size of four double-decker buses.
  • When they do, they are lifted by the unrelenting rocks to form clouds that swirl around the crags.
  • They live on rocky crags at or above timberline, where they feed on high-mountain vegetation.
  • They use the ridges and steep slopes for feeding and resting, and the rocks and crags to elude predators.
British Dictionary definitions for crags


a steep rugged rock or peak
Word Origin
C13: of Celtic origin; related to Old Welsh creik rock


a formation of shelly sandstone in E England, deposited during the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs
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Word Origin and History for crags



early 14c.; as a place-name element attested from c.1200, probably from a Celtic source akin to Old Irish crec "rock," and carrac "cliff," Welsh craig "rock, stone," Manx creg.

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