from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The section of the leg or hind limb between the knee and foot; shank.
  • noun A leglike part.
  • noun A body part consisting of elongated masses or diverging bands that resemble legs or roots.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun plural The calcareous brachial supports in the Brachiopoda, as in Pentamerus and Rhynchonella, where they are a pair of short discrete, slightly curved lamellæ. Also called crural plates.
  • noun In anatomy and zoology: The lower leg; the part of the hind limb between the knee and the ankle; the second segment of the hind limb, corresponding to the forearm or antebrachium of the fore limb, represented by the length of the tibia or shinbone.
  • noun Some part likened to a leg, as one of a pair of supporting parts; a pillar; a peduncle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That part of the hind limb between the femur, or thigh, and the ankle, or tarsus; the shank.
  • noun Often applied, especially in the plural, to parts which are supposed to resemble a pair of legs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a leglike part; shank
  • noun Grades of wine; Plural form of cru.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the leg from the knee to foot


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

[Latin crūs, crūr-, leg.]


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