\ ˈkrüs How to pronounce crus (audio) , ˈkrəs How to pronounce crus (audio) \
plural crura\ ˈkru̇r-​ə How to pronounce crura (audio) \

Definition of crus

: any of various anatomical parts that resemble a leg or a pair of legs

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So many crus and origins, the diversity is incredible. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Be a Bon Vivant," 29 May 2015 Happily, though, Fourrier’s village-level Gevrey–Chambertin and Chambolle–Musigny are a steal—in this case $129, about half the other premier crus. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "How One French Winemaker Is Quietly Revolutionizing His Family's Venerable Wine," 19 Apr. 2017 Such grand crus abound for riesling, gewürztraminer, pinot gris and muscat, but silvaner from Zotzenberg earned the right to that status only after local growers put up a battle. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Silvaner, a Lovely yet Unloved Spring Wine, Needs Friends," 10 May 2018 This was just the latest in a long series of such discoveries in recent years, and further proof that counterfeiters target cheap wines just as readily as grand crus. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "What It Takes to Out-Sleuth Wine Fraud," 6 Apr. 2018 Beaujolais is the natural choice, especially one of the crus like Morgon, Fleurie or Côte de Brouilly. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "A Sheet-Pan Supper That Defies the Seasons," 2 Feb. 2018 Its suave, silky tannins and luscious mocha flavors reminded me that grand crus from New World regions can stand out even when tasted in the heart of Bordeaux. Elin Mccoy,, "The Best Wines I Tasted in 2017," 21 Dec. 2017 Yet here is a fine value from Côte de Brouilly, not one of the most esteemed crus, like Moulin-à-Vent or Morgon, but one of my favorites. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "20 Wines for Under $20: Weeknight Pleasures for Relaxed Evenings," 21 Sep. 2017 Spring frost reduced quantity for some premiers crus in Chablis. Elin Mccoy,, "This Year’s Extreme Weather Will Have a Serious Effect on Global Wine," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of crus

circa 1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crus

Latin crur-, crus

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\ ˈkrüs How to pronounce crus (audio) , ˈkrəs How to pronounce crus (audio) \
plural crura\ ˈkru̇(ə)r-​ə How to pronounce crura (audio) \

Medical Definition of crus

1 : the lower or hind limb especially between the knee and the ankle or tarsus : shank
2 : any of various anatomical parts likened to a leg or to a pair of legs: as
a : either of the diverging proximal ends of the corpora cavernosa
b : the tendinous attachments of the diaphragm to the bodies of the lumbar vertebrae forming the sides of the aortic opening often used in plural
c  crura plural : the peduncles of the cerebrum

called also crura cerebri

d  crura plural : the peduncles of the cerebellum
e  crura plural : the posterior pillars of the fornix

called also crura fornicis

f(1) : a long bony process of the incus that articulates with the stapes also : a shorter one projecting from the body of the incus perpendicular to this
(2) : either of the two bony processes forming the sides of the arch of the stapes

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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