: a chest used in medieval torture to hold the body of one who was to be pressed with stones

Word History


Old English crucethūs, from crucet- (from Latin cruciatus torture, from cruciatus, past participle of cruciare to torture, from cruc-, crux cross) + hūs house

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“Crucethouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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