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crozier

[kroh-zher] /ˈkroʊ ʒər/
noun
1.
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British Dictionary definitions for crozier

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

crozier

/ˈkrəʊʒə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of crosier
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Word Origin and History for crozier
n.

late 13c., from Old French crocier, from Medieval Latin crociarius "bearer of a cross," from crocia "cross;" also from Old French croisier "one who bears or has to do with a cross" (see cross (n.)). The two words merged in Middle English. Technically, "the bearer of a bishop's pastoral staff;" erroneously applied to the staff itself since 1733.

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