From Middle English crouse, from Old English crūse (“jar, cruse”), from Proto-Germanic *krūsōn, *krūsaz (“jar, pot, collar, jug”). Cognate with German Krause (“pot with a lid”), Icelandic krús (“jar, jug”). Merged with Middle English croo (“pot, pitcher”), from Old English crōg (“crock, pitcher, vessel”). More at crock.
cruse (plural cruses)