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Crete a Greek Mediterranean island, south of and equidistant from the Greek and Turkish mainlands.
cretin a person afflicted with cretinism. [2 definitions]
cretinism a chronic disease that is usu. present at birth and is due to a deficiency of thyroid hormone, resulting in physical and mental stunting, deformity, and often goiter.
cretonne a heavy print fabric of cotton, used for covering furniture and for drapes.
crevasse a deep cleft or crack, esp. in a glacier or in the earth's surface. [2 definitions]
crevice a narrow opening, as in vertical rock or a wall; crack; fissure.
crew a group of people working together to perform a joint function. [3 definitions]
crew cut a haircut in which the hair is cut off very short.
crewel a thin worsted yarn used for embroidery, tapestry, and edging, or a work made with this yarn.
crewless combined form of crew.
crewman a male member of a crew, esp. in nautical work or sport.
crew member a member of a group of people working on a ship, aircraft, spacecraft, or the like. [2 definitions]
crew neck a rounded neckline, as on a sweater, that fits closely at the base of the neck.
crib a stationary bed with high, barred sides for an infant or young child. [12 definitions]
cribbage a card game for two to four players in which scores, made by forming various counting combinations of cards, are recorded by inserting pegs into holes on a small board.
crib-biting the habit of horses to bite at wood, as of a stall or feed trough, and swallow harmful amounts of air while doing so.
crib death sudden infant death syndrome, the unexpected death of a seemingly healthy infant, usu. occurring within the first year of life, and usu. occurring in the infant's sleep.
cribriform pierced with tiny holes.
crick a painful stiffness or cramp, esp. in the neck or back. [2 definitions]
cricket1 any of various insects that are similar to grasshoppers in having long antennae and great leaping ability, the male of which produces a shrill chirp by rubbing its front wings together.
cricket2 a game played outdoors with a ball, bats, and wickets at either end of the field, by two opposing teams of eleven members each. [3 definitions]