cresset

cresset

[kres-it]
noun
a metal cup or basket often mounted on a pole or suspended from above, containing oil, pitch, a rope steeped in rosin, etc., burned as a light or beacon.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French craisset, equivalent to cras grease + -et -et

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cresset (ˈkrɛsɪt)
 
n
history a metal basket mounted on a pole in which oil or pitch was burned for illumination
 
[C14: from Old French craisset, from craissegrease]

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