cranny

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cranny

    Hyphenation

    cran·ny

    Turkish pronunciation

    kräni

    Pronunciation

    /ˈkranē/ /ˈkræniː/

    Etymology

    [ 'kra-nE ] (noun.) 15th century. From Middle English crany, crani (“cranny”), apparently a diminutive of Middle English *cran (+ -y), from Old French cran, cren (“notch, fissure”), a derivative of Old French crener (“to notch, split”), from Medieval Latin crenō (“split”, verb), from Vulgar Latin *crinō (“split, break”, verb), of obscure origin. Despite a spurious use in Pliny, connection to Latin crēna is doubtful. Instead, probably of Germanic or Celtic origin. Compare Old High German chrinna (“notch, groove, crevice”), Alemannic German Krinne (“small crack, channel, groove”), Low Saxon karn (“notch, groove, crevice, cranny”), Old Irish ara-chrinin (“to perish, decay”).

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