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

  • n. Architecture A projecting ornament, usually in the form of a cusp or curling leaf, placed along outer angles of pinnacles and gables.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a series of hook-shaped decorative floral elements used in Gothic architecture

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ornament often resembling curved and bent foliage, projecting from the sloping edge of a gable, spire, etc.
  • n. A croche, or knob, on the top of a stag's antler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large roll or lock of hair, characteristic of a manner of dressing the hair common in the fourteenth century. It consisted of a stiff roll, probably made over a piece of stuff, like the “rats” worn by women during the nineteenth century.
  • n. One of the terminal snags on a stag's horn.
  • n. In medieval architecture, a pointed decoration, an ornament most frequently treated as recurved foliage, placed on the angles of the inclined sides of pinnacles, canopies, gables, and other members, and on the outer or convex part of the curve of a pastoral staff or other decorative work. Sometimes crockets were carved in the forms of animals.

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  • n. an architectural ornament of curved foliage used at the edge of a spire or gable


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

Middle English croket, ornamental curl of hair, hook, from Old North French croquet, shepherd's crook, diminutive of croque, variant of Old French croche; see crochet.


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  • "At the top of the street, into which, with my guide-book, I relapsed, was an old market-cross of the fifteenth century—a florid, romantic little structure. It consists of a stone pavilion, with open sides and a number of pinnacles and crockets and buttresses, besides a goodly medallion of the high-nosed visage of Charles I, which was placed above one of the arches, at the Restoration, in compensation for the violent havoc wrought upon the little town by the Parliamentary soldiers, who had wrested the place from the Royalists and who amused themselves, in their grim fashion, with infinite hacking and hewing in the cathedral."

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