Definitions

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

  • n. The section of the leg or hind limb between the knee and foot; shank.
  • n. A leglike part.
  • n. A body part consisting of elongated masses or diverging bands that resemble legs or roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a leglike part; shank
  • n. Grades of wine; Plural form of cru.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That part of the hind limb between the femur, or thigh, and the ankle, or tarsus; the shank.
  • n. Often applied, especially in the plural, to parts which are supposed to resemble a pair of legs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy and zoology: The lower leg; the part of the hind limb between the knee and the ankle; the second segment of the hind limb, corresponding to the forearm or antebrachium of the fore limb, represented by the length of the tibia or shinbone.
  • n. Some part likened to a leg, as one of a pair of supporting parts; a pillar; a peduncle.
  • n. plural The calcareous brachial supports in the Brachiopoda, as in Pentamerus and Rhynchonella, where they are a pair of short discrete, slightly curved lamellæ. Also called crural plates.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the leg from the knee to foot

Etymologies

Latin crūs, crūr-, leg.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In another branch of the Indo-European family, the same stem * kro - produced the Latin word crus, "dear."

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  • As the fibres of the medulla pass up through the pons to the great inferior ganglion, and the fibres of the corpus striatum pass outward and upward to form the cerebrum, this procession of the fibres is shown in the annexed engraving, in which we see the restiform bodies passing up to form the cerebellum, and the remainder of the medulla fibres passing through the pons, and then, under the name crus cerebri or thigh of the cerebrum, passing through the thalamus and striatum to expand in the left hemisphere of the cerebrum.

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  • "We ain't got to de las 'crus' yit, an 'I couldn't make my dinneh on a crus' nohow.

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  • There are 10 crus named after the villages that stretch for more than 20 kilometers in central-eastern France.

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  • Jason Lee for The Wall Street Journal This system, called the "échelle des crus," was implemented about 50 years ago to protect Champagne growers.

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  • Les Jardins de Saint-Benoît is a very smart riverside estate and an ideal rural retreat to sample the region's finest crus.

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  • Les Jardins de Saint-Benoît is a very smart riverside estate and an ideal rural retreat to sample the region's finest crus.

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  • Despite his affection for Champagne, Chef Ducasse's cellar at home in Monaco is dominated by Burgundy and Bordeaux, many of them grand crus and first growths.

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  • Although Volnay does not have any official grands crus—the highest vineyard rating—more than half of its vineyards are premiers crus, the second-highest category.

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  • While there are no grand cru vineyards here, there are many fine premier crus, and the overall quality of its wines is probably better than that of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet.

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