from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A garland carried before the bier of a maiden.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A garland carried before the bier of a maiden and hung over her grave.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
V. i.255 (319,2) Yet here she is allow'd her virgin crants] I have been informed by an anonymous correspondent, that _crants_ is the German word for _garlands_, and I suppose it was retained by us from the Saxons.
Well, here I am tonight, hoping for sleep, and lying like Ophelia in the play, with ‘virgin crants and maiden strewments.’
Well, here I am to-night, hoping for sleep, and lying like Ophelia in the play, with "virgin crants and maiden strewments."