crosier

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From Middle English ; originally referring to the staff bearer, from a merger of Old French words crocier (bearer of a cross) and croisier (one who bears or has to do with a cross), ultimately from Latin crux (cross).

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crosier (plural crosiers)

  1. A staff with a hooked end similar to a shepherd's crook, or with a cross at the end, carried by an abbot, bishop, or archbishop as a symbol of office.
  2. (botany): A young fern frond, before it has unrolled; fiddlehead

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