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[krag] /kræg/
a steep, rugged rock; rough, broken, projecting part of a rock.
Origin of crag1
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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  • The alphabet is to be found in the crags and valleys of the summits.

    Heroes of To-Day Mary R. Parkman
  • It was a dread of the abyss, the dread of the crags which seemed to nod upon me.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • From the summit they “looked down upon a boiling sea of cloud, dashing against the crags on which we stood.”

    The Spell of Switzerland Nathan Haskell Dole
  • In all directions were mountains, canyons, and crags in bewildering profusion.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • So have I seen this grand law asserting the governance of its God in those Alpine crags on which the stars seem to pause.

    The Quiver 3/1900 Anonymous
  • There are smooth patches, but it is broken up into crags and seracs.

    The Crystal Hunters George Manville Fenn
  • In the clear water below these crags fish are so plentiful that whoever takes the trouble to cast is likely to reap a rich reward.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • Once he climbed to a dizzy height by clinging to 78 the crags.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • But the death which they had escaped in the stream, still threatened them on the crags.

  • That made it quite clear that the slope ended in another wall of crags.

    The Gold Trail Harold Bindloss
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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