croggan

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croggan (plural croggans)

  1. (Cornish) A limpet shell.
    • 1873, William Bottrell, Traditions and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall, page 155:
      Then she saw Tom sitting on the chimney-stool, and his wife taking on the tip of her finger from a croggan (limpet-shell) what appeared to be salve, which she rubbed over her husband's eyes.
    • 2005, Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson, The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England's Legends, from Spring-Heeled Jack to the Witches of Warboys, page 117:
      Conjurors and parsons were brought in, who for a time bound the troublesome ghost to emptying Dozmary Pool on Bodmin with a "croggan" or limpet shell.
  2. (Scotland) A clay urn made by hand in the Outer Hebrides.
    • 1901, Windsor and Kenfield, Brick and Clay Record, volume 14-15, page 265:
      From time immemorial "croggans" and "bollachans" or milk basins were made out of clay by the people in the district for their domestic use, but besides these there is no record of any other utensils having been manufactured.
    • 1982, Inverness Gaelic Society, Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, volume 53, page 72:
      He had sent the ground officer with a "croggan of tar" with which he marked the ears of all the stock.
    • 1989, National Museums of Scotland, The Wealth of a Nation, page 139:
      In the Western Isles a native tradition of building pots, known as croggans, by hand, survived into the 20th century.