(Crow's"-foot`) n.; pl. Crow's-feet

1. pl. The wrinkles that appear, as the effect of age or dissipation, under and around the outer corners of the eyes. Tennyson.

2. (Mil.) A caltrop. [Written also crowfoot.]

3. (Arch.) Same as Bird's- mouth. [U.S.]

(Crow"-silk`) n. (Bot.) A filamentous fresh-water alga (Conferva rivularis of Linnaeus, Rhizoclonium rivulare of Kutzing).

(Crow's-nest`) n. (Naut.) A box or perch near the top of a mast, esp. in whalers, to shelter the man on the lookout.

(Crow"step`) n. (Arch.) See Corriestep.

(Crow"stone`) n. (Arch.) The top stone of the gable end of a house. Halliwell.

(Crowth) n. An ancient musical instrument. See 4th Crowd.

(Crow"toe`) n. (Bot.)

1. The Lotus corniculatus. Dr. Prior.

2. An unidentified plant, probably the crowfoot. "The tufted crowtoe." Milton.

(Crow"-trod`den) a. Marked with crow's-feet, or wrinkles, about the eyes. [Poetic]

Do I look as if I were crow-trodden?
Beau. & FL.

(Croyl"stone`) n. (Min.) Crystallized cawk, in which the crystals are small.

(Croys) n. See Cross, n. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Croze) n. [Cf. Cross, and Crosier.] A cooper's tool for making the grooves for the heads of casks, etc.; also, the groove itself.

(Cro"zier) n. See Crosier.

(Cro"ziered) a. Crosiered.

(Cru"cial) a. [F. crucial, fr. L. crux, crucis, cross, torture. See Cross.]

1. Having the form of a cross; appertaining to a cross; cruciform; intersecting; as, crucial ligaments; a crucial incision.

2. Severe; trying or searching, as if bringing to the cross; decisive; as, a crucial test.

Crucian carp
(Cru"cian carp`) [Cf. Sw. karussa, G. karausche, F. carousse, - assin, corassin, LL. coracinus, Gr. a sort of fish.] (Zoöl.) A kind of European carp inferior to the common carp; — called also German carp.

The gibel or Prussian carp is now generally considered a variety of the crucian carp, or perhaps a hybrid between it and the common carp.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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