Definitions starting with C

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crawl, craw, kraal

[Car.; from colonial Dutch kraal from Port. curral pen W3, influenced by crawl] n. 1. a pen built in shallow water to keep turtles, conchs, fish, etc. alive until eaten: 1788 Turtle-Crawls, built of piles. . .placed near the wharves so that they can always be supplied with fresh water (Schoepf 281), 1895 Dey gone to B' Rabby's craw. Plenty conchs an fish vwas dere (Edwards 80). 1975 Sponges...would be put into a fenced-in area of sea-water called a kraal (Albury 159). (Gen.)

2. a similar enclosure on land: 1977 Burning conch-shells in a built-up crawl for lime (Albury 160). (Andros, Exuma)

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Last update: 2011-01-30 23:23
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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