crucethouse

noun
cru·​cet·​house | \ ˈkrüsə̇tˌhau̇s \

Definition of crucethouse

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

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History and Etymology for crucethouse

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crucethouse. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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