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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Crone,
 
properly speaking, means a ewe whose teeth are worn out; but metaphorically it means any toothless old beldam. (Irish, criona, old; allied to the Greek gern, an old man.)   1
        “Take up the bastard; take ’t up, I say; give to thy crone.”—Shakespeare: Winter’s Tale, ii. 3.
 


 CromwellCro’nian Sea. 

 
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