1A groove at the end of a cask or barrel to receive the edge of the head.
- ‘Near each end of body of the barrel, a groove, called the croze, is cut into the inside of the barrel.’
- ‘To do this the hoops are loosened and the head is inserted into the croze.’
- 1.1A cooper's tool for making croze grooves.
- ‘This croze plane has two nicker blades and a square croze blade, indicating that it was intended for making beer casks.’
Early 17th century: perhaps from French creux, creuse hollow.