crosier

crosier

[kroh-zher]
noun
1.
a ceremonial staff carried by a bishop or an abbot, hooked at one end like a shepherd's crook. See illus. under cope2.
2.
Botany. the circinate young frond of a fern.
Also, crozier.


Origin:
1350–1400; short for crosier-staff; Middle English crosier staff-bearer < Middle French; replacing Middle English crocer < Anglo-French. See crosse, -er2

crosiered, adjective
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crosier or crozier (ˈkrəʊʒə)
 
n
1.  a staff surmounted by a crook or cross, carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office
2.  the tip of a young plant, esp a fern frond, that is coiled into a hook
 
[C14: from Old French crossier staff bearer, from crosse pastoral staff, literally: hooked stick, of Germanic origin]
 
crozier or crozier
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French crossier staff bearer, from crosse pastoral staff, literally: hooked stick, of Germanic origin]

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