crucethouse

noun cru·cet·house \ˈkrüsə̇tˌhau̇s\

Definition of crucethouse

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

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Origin and Etymology of crucethouse

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


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