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Related to cruse: widow's cruse
earthen pot or bottle for liquids
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cruise – to fly, drive, or sail at a constant speed: cruise along the highway
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A small earthenware container, such as a pot or jar, for holding liquids.
[Middle English crouse, perhaps from Middle Dutch cruyse, pot.]
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(Ceramics) a small earthenware container used, esp formerly, for liquids
[Old English crūse; related to Middle High German krūse, Dutch kroes jug]
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an earthen pot, bottle, etc., for liquids.
[1225–75; Middle English crouse (Old English crūse, c. German Krause pot with lid), conflated with Middle English croo (Old English crōg, crōh, c. German Krug jug)]
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