Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ancient Irish dwelling or fort built on an artificial island in a lake or marsh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An artificial island, used in prehistoric and medieval times in Scotland and Ireland for dwelling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the stockaded islands in Scotland and Ireland which in ancient times were numerous in the lakes of both countries. They may be regarded as the very latest class of prehistoric strongholds, reaching their greatest development in early historic times, and surviving through the Middle Ages. See also Lake dwellings, under lake.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ancient lake-dwelling in Ireland.

Etymologies

Irish Gaelic crannóg, wooden structure, pole, from Middle Irish crannóc, from Old Irish, from crann, tree.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Irish crannóc. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His gaze was still shifting nervously about the crannog, and she could see a glitter of perspiration on his brow.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

  • And one for the house of Christian holy women where Cerdic was now, to the east of the crannog.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

  • It was a crannog: a grouping of round, reed-thatched huts raised on oak piles above the swampy ground and connected by a network of swaying rope-and-wood causeways.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

  • The only light in the small room was from the flare of the torches set around the crannog outside.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

  • There was a lot of textile stuff in both the exhibition and in the reconstructed crannog....fibres and yarns from plants like nettles as well as sheep wool, natural dyeing, several reconstructions of stone weighted looms and of course stone whorl spindles.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • It`s a reconstruction of a Loch Tay crannog dating from 600BC.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • Meanwhile, archaeologists excavating a Welsh crannog, or bog dwelling built on stilts, may have found evidence of a royal fondness for the corgi dog that predates Queen Elizabeth II's by more than a millennium.

    Man's Best Friends

  • The island in the lake was probably a crannog, or artificial fortified island, such as are common on the lakes of Ireland.

    The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran Translations Of Christian Literature. Series V. Lives Of The Celtic Saints

  • It is not shown that any men ever lived on the tops of cairns, and, even if they did so in modern times (1556-1758) they could not leave abundant relics of the broch and crannog age (said to be of 400-1100 A.D.), and leave no relics of modern date.

    The Clyde Mystery a Study in Forgeries and Folklore

  • As people certainly did live on these structures of Langbank and Dunbuie during the broch and crannog age (centuries 5-12) it really matters not to our purpose _why_ they did so, or _how_ they did so.

    The Clyde Mystery a Study in Forgeries and Folklore

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  • The one pictured in my link was used as a kind of sentry post, roughly speaking.

    January 11, 2009

  • Also a man-made island in a shallow water-scape built to provide safety and partial or delayed inaccessibility?

    January 11, 2009

  • A slightly different meaning is explained here.

    January 11, 2009

  • Scots - loch dwelling built over the water on piles with a walkway onto the land.

    August 2, 2008