variants or less commonly crottal or crotal
plural -s
: any of several lichens from which dyes are made
especially : a member of the genus Parmelia that yields reddish brown or purple dye
often used in plural

Word History


Scottish Gaelic crotal; akin to Irish Gaelic crotal kernel, rind, crottle

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near crottle

Cite this Entry

“Crottle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!