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crocket

[krok-it] /ˈkrɒk ɪt/
noun, Architecture
1.
a medieval ornament, usually in the form of a leaf that curves up and away from the supporting surface and returns partially upon itself.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English croket hook < Anglo-French, equivalent to croc hook (< Germanic; see crook1) + -et -et. See crochet, crotchet
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British Dictionary definitions for crocket

crocket

/ˈkrɒkɪt/
noun
1.
a carved ornament in the form of a curled leaf or cusp, used in Gothic architecture Also called crochet
Word Origin
C17: from Anglo-French croket a little hook, from croc hook, of Scandinavian origin
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Word Origin and History for crocket
n.

c.1300, "curl of hair," from Anglo-French crocket, from northern French form of French crochet (see crochet). Meaning "ornamental device on a Gothic pediment" is from late 14c.

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Encyclopedia Article for crocket

in architecture, a small, independent, sharply projecting medieval ornament, usually occurring in rows, and decorated with foliage. In the late 12th century, when it first appeared, the crocket had the form of a ball-like bud, with a spiral outline, similar to an uncurling fern frond; but in the later Gothic period it took the form of open, fully developed leaves that by the 15th century had evolved into richly involuted forms. Crockets are used especially on the inclined edges of spires, pinnacles, and gables and are also found on capitals and cornices.

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