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or cro·zier  (krō′zhər)
1. A staff with a crook or cross at the end, carried by or before an abbot, bishop, or archbishop as a symbol of office.
2. Botany See fiddlehead.

[Middle English croser, from Old French crossier, staff bearer (influenced by croisier, one who bears a cross), from crosse, crosier, of Germanic origin.]


(ˈkrəʊʒə) or


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a staff surmounted by a crook or cross, carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office
2. (Botany) the tip of a young plant, esp a fern frond, that is coiled into a hook
[C14: from Old French crossier staff bearer, from crosse pastoral staff, literally: hooked stick, of Germanic origin]


or cro•zier

(ˈkroʊ ʒər)

1. a ceremonial staff carried by a bishop or an abbot, hooked at one end like a shepherd's crook. See illus. at cope 2.
2. the coiled tip of a plant part, as a fern frond.
[1350–1400; short for crosier-staff; Middle English crocer staff-bearer < Anglo-French (Middle French crossier). See crosse, -er2]
miter, mitre, crosier - The tall, pointy hat of a bishop or abbot is the miter/mitre—from Greek mitra, "headdress"; a crosier is a bishop's staff.
See also related terms for staff.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crosier - a staff surmounted by a crook or cross carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral officecrosier - a staff surmounted by a crook or cross carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office
staff - a rod carried as a symbol


[ˈkrəʊʒəʳ] Nbáculo m (pastoral)


, crozier
nBischofsstab m, → Hirtenstab m, → Krummstab m
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The funds will be used to complete the Bishop's Crook lighting project that was started more than a decade ago.
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Wearing a cassock, with a rucksack on his back, and carrying a thin wooden staff, carved after the manner of a bishop's crook and bearing the names of all the deaneries through which he has journeyed on foot, the Bishop is to tour the Wrockwardine deanery.