American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An ancient Irish dwelling or fort built on an artificial island in a lake or marsh.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ancient lake-dwelling in Ireland. Such dwellings were sometimes built entirely of stone or wood, but more usually of a combination of stones and piles. Some, however, were made of basketwork and sod, and some stood on platforms like the Swiss lake-dwellings. They were invariably roundish or irregularly oval in form, and were built in lakes and morasses. In these crannogs are found articles of various kinds, from the rudest flint implements to highly finished ornaments of gold. Also
- n. An artificial island, used in prehistoric and medieval times in Scotland and Ireland for dwelling.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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 Old Irish crannóc. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“His gaze was still shifting nervously about the crannog, and she could see a glitter of perspiration on his brow.”
“And one for the house of Christian holy women where Cerdic was now, to the east of the crannog.”
“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.”
“The only light in the small room was from the flare of the torches set around the crannog outside.”
“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.”
“It`s a reconstruction of a Loch Tay crannog dating from 600BC.”
“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.”
“The island in the lake was probably a crannog, or artificial fortified island, such as are common on the lakes of Ireland.”
“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.”
“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.”
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