\ 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

Examples of crus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wine list features numerous options by the glass and offers great value for local crus. Washington Post, "In Lyon, a new museum celebrates a longstanding culinary tradition," 10 Jan. 2020 In contrast, those who tend to see glasses as half-full expect a new wave of grands crus to emerge from previously unlikely terroirs such as Sussex and Scandinavia. The Economist, "Climate change is forcing winemakers to move further from the equator," 22 Nov. 2019 His threats to slap higher import tariffs on grands crus, champagnes and the like in retaliation to a new French tax on big tech firms have left Didier Guillaume, France’s Agriculture Minister, apoplectic. Washington Post, "Trump’s Wine War Is Giving Macron a Headache," 12 Aug. 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'crus.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of crus

circa 1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crus

Latin crur-, crus

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about crus

Time Traveler for crus

Time Traveler

The first known use of crus was circa 1751

See more words from the same year

Statistics for crus

Cite this Entry

“Crus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for crus


\ 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

Comments on crus

What made you want to look up crus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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