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cruet

[kroo-it] /ˈkru ɪt/
noun
1.
a glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc., for the table.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French cru(i)e pitcher (< Frankish *krūka; compare Old English crūce pot) + -et -et
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  • In another, they found a silver cruet set, nutmeg grater and bottle of peppercorns.
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cruet

/ˈkruːɪt/
noun
1.
a small container for holding pepper, salt, vinegar, oil, etc, at table
2.
a set of such containers, esp on a stand
3.
(Christianity) either of a pair of small containers for the wine and water used in the Eucharist
4.
(Austral) a slang word for head (sense 1)
5.
(Austral, slang) do one's cruet, to be extremely angry; go into a rage
plural noun
6.
(Austral, slang) the testicles
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French, diminutive of Old French crue flask, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon krūka, Old English crūce pot
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Word Origin and History for cruet
n.

"small glass bottle for vinegar, oil, etc.," c.1300, Anglo-French diminutive of Old French crue "an earthen pot," from Frankish *kruka or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German kruog); related to crock.

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