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cresset

[kres-it] /ˈkrɛs ɪt/
noun
1.
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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French craisset, equivalent to cras grease + -et -et
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cresset

/ˈkrɛsɪt/
noun
1.
(history) a metal basket mounted on a pole in which oil or pitch was burned for illumination
Word Origin
C14: from Old French craisset, from craissegrease
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