from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A staff with a crook or cross at the end, carried by or before an abbot, bishop, or archbishop as a symbol of office.
- n. Botany See fiddlehead.
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- n. A staff with a hooked end similar to a shepherd's crook, or with a cross at the end, carried by an abbot, bishop, or archbishop as a symbol of office.
- n. : A young fern frond, before it has unrolled; fiddlehead
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The pastoral staff of a bishop (also of an archbishop, being the symbol of his office as a shepherd of the flock of God.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See crozier, croziered.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a staff surmounted by a crook or cross carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office
Middle English croser, from Old French crossier, staff bearer (influenced by croisier, one who bears a cross), from crosse, crosier, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)