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crosier

[kroh-zher] /ˈkroʊ ʒər/
noun
1.
a ceremonial staff carried by a bishop or an abbot, hooked at one end like a shepherd's crook.
2.
Botany. the circinate young frond of a fern.
Also, crozier.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; short for crosier-staff; Middle English crosier staff-bearer < Middle French; replacing Middle English crocer < Anglo-French. See crosse, -er2
Related forms
crosiered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for crosier

crosier

/ˈkrəʊʒə/
noun
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
Word Origin
C14: from Old French crossier staff bearer, from crosse pastoral staff, literally: hooked stick, of Germanic origin
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