cro·​sier | \ ˈkrō-zhər How to pronounce crosier (audio) \
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Definition of crosier

1 : a staff resembling a shepherd's crook carried by bishops and abbots as a symbol of office
2 : a plant structure with a coiled end

First Known Use of crosier

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crosier

Middle English crocer crosier bearer, from Anglo-French crosser, from croce, crosse crosier, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English crycc crutch — more at crutch

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“Crosier.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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