(Crunch) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Crunched (kruncht); p. pr. & vb. n. Crunching.] [Prob. of imitative
origin; or cf. D. schransen to eat heartily, or E. scrunch.]
1. To chew with force and noise; to craunch.
And their white tusks crunched o'er the whiter skull.
2. To grind or press with violence and noise.
The ship crunched through the ice.
3. To emit a grinding or craunching noise.
The crunching and ratting of the loose stones.
(Crunch), v. t. To crush with the teeth; to chew with a grinding noise; to craunch; as, to crunch a
(Crunk Crun"kle) v. i. [Cf. Icel. krnka to croak.] To cry like a crane. [Obs.] "The crane crunketh."
(Cru*no"dal) a. (Geom.) Possessing, or characterized by, a crunode; - - used of curves.
(Cru"node) n. [Prob. fr. L. crux a cross + E. node.] (Geom.) A point where one branch of a
curve crosses another branch. See Double point, under Double, a.
(||Cru"or) n. [L., blood. See Crude.] The coloring matter of the blood; the clotted portion of coagulated
blood, containing the coloring matter; gore.
(Cru"o*rin) n. (Physiol.) The coloring matter of the blood in the living animal; hæmoglobin.
(Crup) a. [Cf. OHG. grop, G. grob, coarse.] Short; brittle; as, crup cake. Todd.
(Crup) n. See Croup, the rump of a horse.
(Crup"per) (kr?p"p?r in U.S.; kr?p"?r in Eng.), n. [F. croupire, fr. croupe. See Croup the
rump of a horse.] [Written also crouper.]
1. The buttocks or rump of a horse.
2. A leather loop, passing under a horse's tail, and buckled to the saddle to keep it from slipping forwards.
(Crup"per), v. t. To fit with a crupper; to place a crupper upon; as, to crupper a horse.
(||Cru"ra) n. pl. (Anat.) See Crus.
(Cru"ral) a. [L. cruralis, fr. crus, cruris, leg: cf. F. crural.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the thigh
or leg, or to any of the parts called crura; as, the crural arteries; crural arch; crural canal; crural ring.
(||Crus) n.; pl. Crura [L., the leg.] (Anat.) (a) That part of the hind limb between the femur,
or thigh, and the ankle, or tarsus; the shank. (b) Often applied, especially in the plural, to parts which
are supposed to resemble a pair of legs; as, the crura of the diaphragm, a pair of muscles attached to
it; crura cerebri, two bundles of nerve fibers in the base of the brain, connecting the medulla and the