croft

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From Middle English croft, from Old English croft(a small enclosed field; croft), from Proto-Germanic *kruftaz(a hill; curve), from Proto-Indo-European *grewb-(to bend; crook; curve; arch). Cognate with Scots croft, craft(croft), Middle Dutch kroft, krocht, crocht(high and dry land; a field on the downs), Middle Low German kroch(enclosed piece of farmland or pasture).

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croft ‎(plural crofts)

  1. A fenced piece of land, especially in Scotland, usually small and arable and used for small-scale food production and usually with a crofter's dwelling thereon.
    • 1819, Keats, To Autumn:
      Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
      The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
  2. (archaic) A carafe.

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