The stick used in lacrosse.
- ‘The goal-keeper may block the ball in any manner with their crosse or body.’
- ‘Practice cradling the ball in the pocket of your crosse.’
- ‘Field players may pass, catch or run with the ball in their crosse.’
- ‘A player may also use the crosse as a tool to dislodge the ball from the crosse of an opponent.’
Mid 19th century: from French, from Old French croce ‘bishop's crook’, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to crutch.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.