crocket

crocket

[krok-it]
noun Architecture.
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:
1300–50; Middle English croket hook < Anglo-French, equivalent to croc hook (< Germanic; see crook1) + -et -et. See crochet, crotchet

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crocket (ˈkrɒkɪt)
 
n
Also called: crochet a carved ornament in the form of a curled leaf or cusp, used in Gothic architecture
 
[C17: from Anglo-French croket a little hook, from croc hook, of Scandinavian origin]

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