One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Gothic architecture) a small carved ornament, typically a bud or curled leaf, on the inclined side of a pinnacle, arch, etc.
- ‘Between the slab and the black marble base is a double arcade of carved alabaster delicately embellished with trefoil arches, crocket capitals, and pinnacles.’
- ‘This tower appears to be a gothic church spire (note the bumpy crockets along the spire's edges.)’
- ‘The buttresses are built out by layers of crockets and mouldings riveted on to the front.’
- ‘The most distinctive part of the reliquary is its cupola, a small ogival crystal vault divided into six sections by ribs decorated with crockets.’
- ‘Look at the gables, look at the pinnacles, look at the crockets, look at the parapets!’
Middle English (denoting a curl or roll of hair): from Old Northern French, variant of Old French crochet (see crotchet). The current sense dates from the late 17th century, but crotchet was used in the same sense from late Middle English until the 19th century.
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