crozier

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crosier or crozier (ˈkrəʊʒə)
 
n
1.  a staff surmounted by a crook or cross, carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office
2.  the tip of a young plant, esp a fern frond, that is coiled into a hook
 
[C14: from Old French crossier staff bearer, from crosse pastoral staff, literally: hooked stick, of Germanic origin]
 
crozier or crozier
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French crossier staff bearer, from crosse pastoral staff, literally: hooked stick, of Germanic origin]

crozier (ˈkrəʊʒə)
 
n
a variant spelling of crosier

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crozier
late 13c., from O.Fr. crocier, from M.L. crociarius "bearer of a cross," from crocia "cross;" also from O.Fr. croisier "one who bears or has to do with a cross." The two words merged in M.E. Technically, "the bearer of a bishop's pastoral staff;" erroneously applied to the staff itself since 1733.
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