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[kraw] /krɔ/
the crop of a bird or insect.
the stomach of an animal.
stick in one's craw, to cause considerable or abiding resentment; rankle:
She said I was pompous, and that really stuck in my craw.
Origin of craw
1350-1400; Middle English crawe, probably akin to crag2
Can be confused
craw, crawl, crow. Unabridged
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  • They were, however, fascinated by her craw and gizzard still full of grain and rocks to grind it.
  • It's really the common culture stuff that sticks in my craw.
  • But every now and then there was something in one of the plays that stuck in my craw, or made me turn away from the page.
  • So many people have been puzzled as to why this case has stuck in my craw all these years.
British Dictionary definitions for craw


a less common word for crop (sense 6)
the stomach of an animal
(informal) stick in one's craw, stick in one's throat, to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe
Word Origin
C14: related to Middle High German krage, Middle Dutch crāghe neck, Icelandic kragi collar
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Word Origin and History for craw

Old English *cræg "throat," a Germanic word (e.g. Middle Dutch craghe "neck, throat," Old High German chrago, German Kragen "collar, neck"), of obscure origin.

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