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[krohn] /kroʊn/
a withered, witchlike old woman.
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch croonie old ewe < Old North French caronie carrion
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cronish, adjective Unabridged
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  • crone sometimes invites his neighbors to dine with his guests.
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  • He sketched a hasty portrait of a wasted crone with a scornful grimace and a ramrod spine.
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British Dictionary definitions for crone


a witchlike old woman
Word Origin
C14: from Old Northern French carogne carrion, ultimately from Latin caro flesh
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Word Origin and History for crone

late 14c., from Anglo-French carogne, from Old North French carogne, term of abuse for a cantankerous or withered woman, literally "carrion," from Vulgar Latin *caronia (see carrion).

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