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intransitive verb see cross-reaction
noun Date: 1946 reaction of one antigen with antibodies developed against another antigen • cross-react intransitive verb • cross-reactive adjective • cross-reactivity ...
adjective see cross-reaction
noun see cross-reaction
verb Date: 1879 transitive verb to refer (a reader) by a notation or direction from one place to another (as in a book, list, or catalog) intransitive verb to make a ...
I. noun Date: 1834 a notation or direction at one place (as in a book or filing system) to pertinent information at another place II. transitive verb Date: 1902 1. to ...
noun Date: 1946 tolerance (as of a virus) to a usually toxic substance (as an antibiotic) that is acquired not as a result of direct exposure but by exposure to a related ...
transitive verb see cross section
adjective see cross section
noun Date: 1582 an instrument formerly used at sea for taking the altitude of a celestial body
noun Date: 1640 1. a needlework stitch that forms an X 2. work having cross-stitch • cross-stitch verb
noun Date: circa 1923 tolerance or resistance to a drug that develops through continued use of another drug with similar pharmacological action
noun Date: circa 1923 cross 14
noun Date: 1916 the ability of different species or varieties to cross with each other
adjective Date: 1865 capable of being crossed
adjective see crossbanding
noun Date: 1904 a veneer border (as on furniture) with its grain at right angles to the grain of the adjacent wood • crossbanded adjective
noun Date: 1562 a transverse bar or stripe
noun Date: 1594 a transverse beam
noun Date: 1568 crucifer 1
noun Date: circa 1672 any of a genus (Loxia of the family Fringillidae) of finches with curved mandibles that cross each other
noun plural Date: 1686 two leg or arm bones placed or depicted crosswise — compare skull and crossbones
noun Date: 15th century a weapon for shooting quarrels and stones that consists chiefly of a short bow mounted crosswise near the end of a stock
noun Date: circa 1500 a person (as a soldier or a hunter) whose weapon is a crossbow
adjective Date: 1856 produced by crossbreeding ; hybrid • crossbred noun
I. verb (crossbred; -breeding) Date: 1675 transitive verb hybridize, cross; especially to cross (two varieties or breeds) within the same species intransitive verb to ...
adverb or adjective Date: 1915 to or toward the opposite side of a court (as in tennis or basketball)
noun Date: 1598 1. a current running counter to the general forward direction 2. a conflicting tendency — usually used in plural
I. transitive verb Date: 1590 1. to cut, go, or move across or through 2. to cut with a crosscut saw 3. to subject (as movie scenes) to crosscutting II. adjective Date: ...
crosscut saw
noun Date: 1645 a saw designed chiefly to cut across the grain of wood — compare ripsaw
noun Date: 1930 a technique especially in filmmaking of interweaving bits of two or more separate scenes
noun Etymology: French, literally, crosier — more at crosier Date: 1867 a stick with a small net at one end that is used in lacrosse
noun see cross II
noun Date: circa 1884 a fine wire or thread in the focus of the eyepiece of an optical instrument used as a reference line in the field or for marking the instrumental axis — ...
transitive verb Date: 1662 to mark with two series of parallel lines that intersect • crosshatch noun • cross-hatching noun
noun Date: 1827 1. a metal block to which one end of a piston rod is secured 2. a heading centered usually between portions of text
noun Date: 1575 1. the act or action of crossing: as a. a traversing or traveling across b. an opposing, blocking, or thwarting especially in an unfair or dishonest ...
noun Date: 1912 an interchange of genes or segments between homologous chromosomes
noun Date: 15th century a small cross usually with crossed arms; especially one used as a heraldic bearing — see cross illustration
adjective Date: 1954 of or relating to languages of different families and types; especially relating to the comparison of different languages • crosslinguistically adverb
adverb see crosslinguistic
adverb see cross III
noun see cross III
noun Etymology: New Latin Crossopterygii, subclass name, from Greek krossoi fringe + pterygion, diminutive of pteryg-, pteryx wing, fin; akin to Greek pteron wing — more at ...
I. noun Date: 1884 1. crossing 2a 2. an instance or product of genetic crossing-over 3. a voter registered as a member of one political party who votes in the primary of ...
noun Etymology: 3cross + 3patch Date: circa 1700 grouch 2
noun Date: 1706 a horizontal member (as of a structure)
noun Date: 1686 1. a road that crosses a main road or runs cross-country between main roads 2. usually plural but singular or plural in construction a. the place of ...
noun Date: 1862 a series of plays in a card game (as bridge) in which partners alternately trump different suits and lead to each other for that purpose • crossruff verb
adjective Date: 1886 1. situated at opposite points of a town 2. extending or running across a town
noun plural Date: 1626 two horizontal crosspieces of timber or metal supported by trestletrees at a masthead that spread the upper shrouds in order to support the mast
noun Date: 1671 a specially paved or marked path for pedestrians crossing a street or road
noun Date: 14th century crossroad — often used in plural
adverb Date: 1564 crosswise, diagonally
noun Date: circa 1641 a wind blowing in a direction not parallel to a course (as of an airplane)
I. adverb Date: 14th century 1. archaic in the form of a cross 2. so as to cross something ; across II. adjective Date: 1883 1. transverse, crossing 2. involved in ...
noun Date: 1914 a puzzle in which words are filled into a pattern of numbered squares in answer to correspondingly numbered clues and in such a way that the words read across ...
noun plural Etymology: Italian, plural of crostino, from crosta crust, rind, from Latin crusta shell, crust — more at crust Date: 1945 small slices of usually toasted bread ...
noun Etymology: probably alteration of 1crutch Date: 1563 1. a pole with a forked end used especially as a prop 2. an angle formed by the parting of two legs, branches, or ...
adjective see crotch
noun Etymology: Middle English crochet, from Anglo-French crochet, croket — more at crocket Date: 14th century 1. obsolete a. a small hook or hooked instrument b. ...
noun see crotchety
adjective Date: 1825 1. given to crotchets ; subject to whims, crankiness, or ill temper 2. full of or arising from crotchets • crotchetiness noun
noun Etymology: New Latin, genus name, from Greek krotōn castor-oil plant Date: 1751 1. any of a genus (Croton) of herbs, shrubs, and trees of the spurge family: as a. ...
geographical name river 60 miles (95 kilometers) SE New York flowing into the Hudson
Croton bug
noun Etymology: Croton River, N.Y., used as a water supply for New York City Date: 1877 German cockroach
croton oil
noun Date: 1827 a viscid acrid fixed oil obtained from seeds of an Asian croton (Croton tiglium) formerly used as a powerful purgative but now used especially in ...
geographical name see Crotone
or ancient Crotona or Croton geographical name commune S Italy in Calabria on Gulf of Taranto population 55,633
verb Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to lower the body stance especially by bending the legs b. to lie close to the ground ...
I. noun Etymology: Middle English croupe, from Old French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German kropf craw — more at crop Date: 14th century the rump of a ...
noun Etymology: French, literally, rider on the croup of a horse, from croupe croup Date: 1709 an employee of a gambling casino who collects and pays bets and assists at the ...
adjective see croup II
adjective Etymology: Middle English Date: 15th century chiefly Scottish brisk, lively
biographical name Russel 1893-1966 American journalist & dramatist
noun Etymology: French, probably from Italian crostata tart, from crosta pastry shell, crust, from Latin crusta — more at crust Date: circa 1845 a crisp shell (as of toast ...
noun Etymology: French croûton, diminutive of croûte crust, from Middle French crouste, from Old French, from Latin crusta Date: 1806 a small cube of toasted or crisply ...
I. noun Etymology: Middle English crowe, from Old English crāwe; akin to Old High German krāwa crow, Old English crāwan to crow Date: before 12th century 1. any of various ...
crow's nest
noun Date: 1818 a partly enclosed platform high on a ship's mast for use as a lookout; also a similar lookout (as for traffic control)
noun (plural crow's-feet) Date: 14th century 1. a wrinkle extending from the outer corner of the eye — usually used in plural 2. crowfoot 1
noun Date: 1748 an iron or steel bar that is usually wedge-shaped at the working end for use as a pry or lever • crowbar transitive verb
noun Date: 1597 1. an evergreen subshrub (Empetrum nigrum of the family Empetraceae) of subtemperate regions with an inedible tasteless black berry 2. the fruit of a ...
I. verb Etymology: Middle English crouden, from Old English crūdan; akin to Middle High German kroten to crowd, Old English crod multitude, Middle Irish gruth curds Date: ...
noun Date: 1943 one (as a performer or product) that is notably or reliably popular or appealing • crowd-pleasing adjective
adjective see crowd-pleaser
noun Date: 1823 the quality or state of being crowded
noun Etymology: alteration of crud curd Date: 1820 a Scottish cottage cheese that is partially cooked
noun (plural crowfeet) Date: 14th century 1. plural usually crowfoots any of numerous plants having leaves with cleft lobes; especially buttercup 2. crow's-foot 1 — ...
noun Date: 1562 dialect England a person employed to scare off crows
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English coroune, crowne, from Anglo-French corone, from Latin corona wreath, crown, from Greek korōnē culmination, ...
crown colony
noun Usage: often capitalized both Cs Date: 1828 a British colony over which the Crown retains some control
crown court
noun Date: 1827 a court in England and Wales that exercises jurisdiction over matters formerly heard by the quarter sessions and criminal matters formerly heard by the courts ...
crown gall
noun Date: 1900 a disease that affects many species of plants and is caused by a bacterium (Agrobacterium tumefaciens) which forms tumorous enlargements usually just below the ...
crown glass
noun Date: 1706 1. a glass blown and whirled into the form of a disk with a center lump left by the worker's rod 2. alkali-lime silicate optical glass having relatively low ...
crown jewel
noun Date: 1649 1. plural the jewels (as crown and scepter) belonging to a sovereign's regalia 2. the most attractive or valuable one of a collection or group
crown land
noun Date: 1613 1. land belonging to the crown and yielding revenues that the reigning sovereign is entitled to 2. public land in some British dominions or colonies
crown molding
noun Date: 1946 molding that crowns a surface or structure; especially molding that runs between the top of an internal wall and a ceiling
crown of thorns
Date: 1964 a starfish (Acanthaster planci) of the Pacific region that is covered with long spines and feeds on coral polyps sometimes causing destruction of coral reefs — ...
crown prince
noun Date: 1791 1. a male heir apparent to a crown or throne 2. one prepared or favored to fill a prospective position
crown princess
noun Date: 1863 1. the wife of a crown prince 2. a female heir apparent or heir presumptive to a crown or throne
crown roast
noun Date: circa 1909 a fancy roast of lamb, veal, or pork made from the rib portions of two loins skewered together at the ends to form a circle
crown rust
noun Date: circa 1899 a leaf rust of oats and other grasses that is caused by a fungus (Puccinia coronata) and is characterized by rounded light-orange uredinia and buried telia
crown vetch
noun Date: circa 1900 a Eurasian herb (Coronilla varia) of the legume family that is naturalized in the eastern United States and has umbels of pink-and-white flowers and ...
crown-of-thorns starfish
see crown of thorns
adjective see crown I
noun Etymology: Middle English, alteration of coroner Date: 14th century dialect chiefly England coroner
noun Date: 15th century archaic coronet
adjective see crown I
noun Date: 1822 any of a series of steps at the top of a gable wall • crowstepped adjective
adjective see crowstep
geographical name borough of S Greater London, England population 299,600
Crozet Islands
geographical name islands S Indian Ocean WNW of Kerguelen; a French dependency
variant of crosier
I. noun (plural CRTs or CRT's) Date: 1941 cathode-ray tube; also a display device incorporating a cathode-ray tube II. abbreviation carrier route
plural of crux
adjective Etymology: French, from Latin cruc-, crux cross Date: 1706 1. archaic cruciform 2. a. important or essential as resolving a crisis ; decisive b. marked by ...
adverb Date: 1879 1. in a crucial manner 2. very importantly
noun see crucian carp
crucian carp
noun Etymology: modification of Low German karuse, from Middle Low German karusse, perhaps of Baltic origin; akin to Lithuanian karušis carp Date: 1836 a European cyprinid ...
adjective Etymology: New Latin cruciatus, from Latin cruc-, crux Date: 1826 cross-shaped ; cruciform
cruciate ligament
noun Date: circa 1934 either of two ligaments in the knee joint which cross each other from femur to tibia; especially anterior cruciate ligament
noun Etymology: Middle English corusible, from Medieval Latin crucibulum earthen pot for melting metals Date: 15th century 1. a vessel of a very refractory material (as ...
crucible steel
noun Date: 1868 hard cast steel made in pots that are lifted from the furnace before the metal is poured into molds
noun Etymology: Late Latin, from Latin cruc-, crux + -fer Date: 1574 1. one who carries a cross especially at the head of an ecclesiastical procession 2. any of a family ...
adjective see crucifer
noun see crucify
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin crucifixus the crucified Christ, from crucifixus, past participle of crucifigere to crucify, from Latin cruc-, crux + figere to ...
noun Date: 15th century 1. a. capitalized the crucifying of Christ b. the act of crucifying 2. extreme and painful punishment, affliction, or suffering
adjective Etymology: Latin cruc-, crux + English -form Date: 1661 forming or arranged in a cross • cruciform noun
transitive verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle English crucifien, from Anglo-French crucifier, from Late Latin crucifigere Date: 14th century 1. to put to death by nailing ...
noun Etymology: probably from dialect form of 2crook (curved timber) Date: 1898 one of a pair of curved timbers forming a principal support of a roof in primitive English ...
I. noun Etymology: Middle English curd, crudd Date: 14th century 1. dialect curd 2. a. a deposit or incrustation of filth, grease, or refuse b. something disagreeable ...
adjective see crud I
I. adjective (cruder; crudest) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin crudus raw, crude, undigested — more at raw Date: 14th century 1. existing in a natural state and ...
adverb see crude I
biographical name Alexander 1701-1770 Scottish compiler of a biblical concordance
noun see crude I
noun plural Etymology: French, from plural of crudité rawness, from Latin cruditas indigestion, from crudus Date: 1960 pieces of raw vegetables (as celery or carrot sticks) ...
noun (plural -ties) Date: 1547 1. the quality or state of being crude 2. something that is crude
adjective (crueler or crueller; cruelest or cruellest) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin crudelis, from crudus Date: 14th century 1. disposed to inflict ...
adverb see cruel
noun see cruel
noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English cruelte, from Anglo-French cruelté, from Latin crudelitat-, crudelitas, from crudelis Date: 13th century 1. the quality or state ...
adjective Date: 1983 developed or produced without inhumane testing on animals
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, diminutive of Old French crue, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German krūche pitcher — more at crock Date: 14th ...
biographical name George 1792-1878 English caricaturist & illustrator
I. verb (cruised; cruising) Etymology: Dutch kruisen to make a cross, cruise, from Middle Dutch crucen, from crūce cross, from Latin cruc-, crux Date: 1651 intransitive verb ...
cruise control
noun Date: 1960 1. an electronic device in a vehicle that controls the throttle so as to maintain a constant speed 2. a relaxed and seemingly automatic pace that is easily ...
cruise missile
noun Date: 1959 a guided missile that has a terrain-following radar system and that flies at moderate speed and low altitude
noun Date: 1695 1. a vehicle that cruises: as a. squad car b. a powerboat with facilities (as a cabin and plumbing) necessary for living aboard — called also cabin ...
noun Date: 1920 a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 190 pounds
noun Etymology: Dutch krulle, a twisted cake, from krul curly, from Middle Dutch crul — more at curl Date: 1801 1. a small sweet cake in the form of a twisted strip fried ...
biographical name George Henry 1929- American composer
I. noun Etymology: Middle English crumme, from Old English cruma; akin to Middle High German krume crumb Date: before 12th century 1. a. a small fragment especially of ...
crumb structure
noun Date: circa 1906 a soil condition suitable for farming in which the soil particles are aggregated into crumbs
I. verb (crumbled; crumbling) Etymology: alteration of Middle English kremelen, frequentative of Old English gecrymian to crumble, from cruma Date: 1547 transitive verb to ...
noun see crumbly
noun plural Date: 1660 crumbled particles ; crumbs
adjective (crumblier; -est) Date: 1523 easily crumbled ; friable • crumbliness noun
adjective see crummy
variant of krummhorn
or crummy noun (plural crummies) Etymology: Scots crumb crooked, from Middle English, from Old English Date: 1724 chiefly Scottish cow; especially one with crooked horns
noun see crummy
also crumby adjective (crummier; also crumbier; -est) Etymology: Middle English crumme Date: 1567 1. obsolete crumbly 2. very poor or inferior ; lousy • crumminess noun
I. intransitive verb Etymology: imitative Date: 1646 1. crunch 2. to explode heavily II. noun Date: 1914 1. a crunching sound 2. shell, bomb III. adjective Etymology: ...
noun Etymology: perhaps from Middle English crompid (cake) wafer, literally, curled-up cake, from crumped, past participle of crumpen to curl up, from crump, crumb crooked, from ...
I. verb (crumpled; crumpling) Etymology: Middle English crumplen, frequentative of Middle English crumpen Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to press, bend, or crush out ...
crumple zone
noun Date: 1973 a section of an automobile body designed to absorb the force of an impact in order to protect the passengers
adjective see crumple II
I. verb Etymology: alteration of craunch Date: 1706 intransitive verb 1. to chew or press with a crushing noise 2. to make one's way with a crushing noise transitive ...
crunch time
noun Date: 1976 a critical moment or period (as near the end of a game) when decisive action is needed
adjective see crunch I
noun Date: 1946 1. one that crunches 2. a finishing blow
adverb see crunchy
noun see crunchy
adjective (crunchier; -est) Date: 1913 making a crunching sound when chewed or pressed • crunchily adverb • crunchiness noun
noun Etymology: Middle English cruper, from Anglo-French crupere, from crupe, croupe hindquarters — more at croup Date: 14th century 1. a leather loop passing under a ...
adjective Etymology: Latin crur-, crus leg Date: 1599 of or relating to the thigh or leg; specifically femoral
noun (plural crura) Etymology: Latin crur-, crus Date: circa 1751 any of various anatomical parts that resemble a leg or a pair of legs
I. noun Etymology: blend of Middle French croisade & Spanish cruzada; both ultimately from Latin cruc-, crux cross Date: circa 1708 1. capitalized any of the military ...
noun see crusade II
also cruzado noun (plural -does or -dos) Etymology: Portuguese cruzado, literally, marked with a cross Date: 1542 an old gold or silver coin of Portugal having a cross on the ...
noun Etymology: Middle English; akin to Old English crūse pitcher Date: 13th century a small vessel (as a jar or pot) for holding a liquid (as water or oil)
I. verb Etymology: Middle English crusshen, from Anglo-French croissir, croistre, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Low German krossen to crush Date: 15th century transitive ...
adjective see crush I
noun see crush I
adverb see crush I
adjective see crush II
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin crusta; akin to Old English hrūse earth, Greek kryos icy cold, krystallos ice, crystal Date: 14th century 1. a. the hardened ...
noun plural Etymology: New Latin, group name, from neuter plural of crustaceus Date: 1814 arthropods that are crustaceans
noun Date: 1835 any of a large class (Crustacea) of mostly aquatic mandibulate arthropods that have a chitinous or calcareous and chitinous exoskeleton, a pair of often much ...
adjective Etymology: New Latin crustaceus, from Latin crusta crust, shell Date: circa 1646 of, relating to, having, or forming a crust or shell
adjective see crust
adverb see crusty
noun see crusty
adjective see crust
adjective Etymology: Latin crustosus crusted, from crusta Date: circa 1879 having a thin thallus adhering closely to a substrate (as of rock, bark, or soil) — compare ...
adjective (crustier; -est) Date: 14th century 1. having or being a crust 2. giving an effect of surly incivility in address or disposition Synonyms: see bluff • ...
I. noun Etymology: Middle English crucche, from Old English crycc; akin to Old High German krucka crutch Date: before 12th century 1. a. a support typically fitting under ...
biographical name Paul 1933- Dutch chemist
noun (plural cruxes; also cruces) Etymology: Latin cruc-, crux cross, torture Date: 1718 1. a puzzling or difficult problem ; an unsolved question 2. an essential point ...
crux criticorum
foreign term Etymology: Latin crux of critics
biographical name Juana Inés de la 1651-1695 originally Juana Inés de Asbaje Mexican religious & poet
noun (plural -dos) Etymology: Portuguese Date: 1986 the basic monetary unit of Brazil from 1986 to 1990
noun Etymology: American Spanish *cruzano, from Santa Cruz Saint Croix Date: 1958 a native or inhabitant of St. Croix • Cruzan adjective
noun (plural -ros) Etymology: Portuguese Date: 1927 the basic monetary unit of Brazil from 1942 to 1985 and from 1991 to 1993
noun Etymology: Welsh Date: 1793 crowd III,1
I. verb (cried; crying) Etymology: Middle English crien, from Anglo-French crier, from Latin quiritare to make a public outcry, perhaps from Quirit-, Quiris, Roman citizen ...
cry down
transitive verb Date: 1598 disparage, depreciate
cry havoc
phrasal to sound an alarm
cry off
verb Date: 1775 intransitive verb chiefly British to beg off transitive verb to call off (as a bargain)
cry over spilled milk
phrasal to express vain regrets for what cannot be recovered or undone
cry up
transitive verb Date: 1593 to praise publicly in order to enhance in value or repute
cry wolf
phrasal to give alarm unnecessarily
or cryo- combining form Etymology: German kryo-, from Greek, from kryos — more at crust cold ; freezing
noun Date: 1851 one who cries or complains easily or often
adjective Date: circa 1605 1. calling for notice 2. notorious, heinous
combining form see cry-
adjective see cryobiology
noun see cryobiology
noun Date: 1960 the study of the effects of extremely low temperature on living organisms and cells • cryobiological adjective • cryobiologist noun
noun Date: 1875 a substance for obtaining low temperatures ; refrigerant — called also cryogenic
adjective Date: 1896 1. a. of or relating to the production of very low temperatures b. being or relating to very low temperatures 2. a. requiring or involving the ...
adverb see cryogenic
noun plural but singular in construction Date: circa 1934 a branch of physics that deals with the production and effects of very low temperatures
noun Date: 1801 a mineral consisting of a fluoride of sodium and aluminum found especially in Greenland usually in white cleavable masses and formerly used as a source of ...
adjective see cryonics
noun plural but usually singular in construction Etymology: cry- + -onics (as in electronics) Date: 1967 the practice of freezing a person who has died of a disease in hopes ...
adjective Date: 1942 thriving at low temperatures
noun Date: 1968 preservation (as of cells) by subjection to extremely low temperatures • cryopreserve transitive verb
transitive verb see cryopreservation
noun Date: 1965 a blunt chilled instrument used to freeze tissues in cryosurgery
noun or adjective see cryoprotective
adjective Date: 1967 serving to protect against the deleterious effects of freezing • cryoprotectant noun or adjective
noun Date: 1920 an instrument for determining freezing points
adjective see cryoscopy
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: circa 1900 the determination of the lowered freezing points produced in liquid by dissolved substances in order to ...
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1913 an apparatus for maintaining a constant low temperature especially below 0°C • cryostatic adjective
adjective see cryostat
noun see cryosurgery
noun Date: 1962 surgery in which usually diseased or abnormal tissue (as of a tumor or wart) is destroyed or removed by freezing (as by liquid nitrogen) • cryosurgeon noun ...
adjective see cryosurgery
noun Date: 1926 the therapeutic use of cold; especially cryosurgery
noun Etymology: Latin crypta, from Greek kryptē, from feminine of kryptos hidden, from kryptein to hide; perhaps akin to Lithuanian krauti to pile up Date: 1789 1. a. a ...
or crypto- combining form Etymology: New Latin, from Greek kryptos 1. hidden ; covered 2. cryptographic
noun Date: 1923 1. the solving of cryptograms or cryptographic systems 2. the theory of solving cryptograms or cryptographic systems ; the art of devising methods for ...
noun Date: 1921 a specialist in cryptanalysis
adjective see cryptanalysis
adjective see cryptanalysis
noun Etymology: crypt- + -arithm (as in logarithm) Date: 1943 an arithmetic problem in which letters have been substituted for numbers and which is solved by finding all ...
adjective Etymology: Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kryptikos, from kryptos Date: circa 1638 1. secret, occult 2. a. having or seeming to have a hidden or ambiguous ...
adverb see cryptic
I. noun (plural cryptos) Etymology: crypt- Date: 1946 1. a person who adheres or belongs secretly to a party, sect, or other group 2. cryptography 2 II. adjective Date: ...
combining form see crypt-
adjective see cryptococcus
noun (plural cryptococcoses) Etymology: New Latin Date: 1938 an infectious disease that is caused by a fungus (Cryptococcus neoformans) and is characterized by the production ...
noun (plural cryptococci) Etymology: New Latin Date: circa 1902 any of a genus (Cryptococcus) of budding imperfect fungi that resemble yeasts and include a number of ...
adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1862 having a crystalline structure so fine that no distinct particles are recognizable under a microscope
noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek kryptos + -gamia -gamy Date: 1847 a plant or plantlike organism (as a fern, moss, alga, or fungus) reproducing by spores and not ...
adjective see cryptogam
adjective see cryptogam
adjective Date: 1908 of obscure or unknown origin
noun Etymology: French cryptogramme, from crypt- + -gramme -gram Date: 1878 1. a communication in cipher or code 2. a figure or representation having a hidden significance
noun Date: 1845 cryptogram
noun Date: 1641 a specialist in cryptography: as a. a clerk who enciphers and deciphers messages b. one who devises cryptographic methods or systems c. cryptanalyst

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