crones

crone

[krohn]
noun
a withered, witchlike old woman.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch croonie old ewe < Old North French caronie carrion

cronish, adjective
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crone (krəʊn)
 
n
a witchlike old woman
 
[C14: from Old Northern French carogne carrion, ultimately from Latin caro flesh]

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crone
late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. carogne, from O.N.Fr., term of abuse for a cantankerous or withered woman, lit. "carrion," from V.L. *caronia.
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