from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any of several lichens of the genus Parmelia from which reddish brown or purple dyes are made.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A jingling ornament formerly used in clerical vestments. See crotalum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several lichens of the genus Parmelia from which reddish brown or purple dyes are made
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Too much crotal will make the wool a dark red brown, but a very pretty terra cotta red can be got.
My father seemed to age perceptibly, reflecting on his companion gone, and he clung to me like the _crotal_ to the stone.
Bothanairidh, and in the evenings the young lassies would be making great laughing while the cailleachs span; and once, long long ago, when the crotal was young on the rocks on the moors, there came a swarthy lad and said fareweel tae his lass under this tree.
The hills were bleak and barren, the rocks harsh and cold with no warm crotal on them, and just the reek from the houses rising into the frosty sky.
But even yet, he was only a stranger to the boys of the town, and as he went down the street in the drenching rain that filled the syvers to overflowing and rose in a smoke from the calm waters of the bay, they cried "Crotal-coat, crotal-coat," after him.
"Crotal-coat, crotal-coat, there are peats in your brogues!" they would cry; or "Hielan'-man, hielan'-man, go home for your _fuarag_ and brose!"