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”).
crosier (plural crosiers)
- 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.
- (botany) A young fern frond, before it has unrolled; fiddlehead
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:crosier.