Crag (a Celtic word, cf. Gaelic creag, Manx creg, and Welsh and modern Scots craig), a steep rock. The word appears in many place-names in the north of England and in Scotland, and is also connected with 'carrick', a word of similar meaning, also found in place-names. In geology the term is applied to the strata in which a shelly sand deposit is found, and, in the expression 'crag and tail', to a formation of hills, in which one side is precipitous and lofty and the other slopes or 'tails' gradually away, as in the Castle Rock in Edinburgh.

Being the entry for CRAG in the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, the text of which lies within the public domain.

Crag (kr?g), n. [W. craig; akin to Gael. creag, Corn. karak, Armor. karrek.]

1.

A steep, rugged rock; a cough, broken cliff, or point of a rock, on a ledge.

From crag to crag the signal fiew. Sir W. Scott.

2. Geol.

A partially compacted bed of gravel mixed with shells, of the Tertiary age.

 

© Webster 1913.


Crag, n. [A form of craw: cf. D. kraag neck, collar, G. kragen. See Craw.]

1.

The neck or throat

[Obs.]

And bear the crag so stiff and so state. Spenser.

2.

The neck piece or scrag of mutton.

Johnson.

 

© Webster 1913.

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