the groove at either end of the staves of a barrel, cask, etc., into which the edge of the head fits.
a tool used by a cooper for cutting such a groove.

1605–15; perhaps special use of crose, croze (variant of cross) in sense “cross groove” Unabridged
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croze (krəʊz)
1.  the recess cut at the end of a barrel or cask to receive the head
2.  a tool for cutting this recess
[C17: probably from Old French crues a hollow]

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Machines for cutting out barrel-heads and shaping the edge thereof to fit the barrel-croze.
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