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crannog Syllabification: cran·nog
Pronunciation: /ˈkranˌôɡ/ /-əɡ/

Definition of crannog in English:


An ancient fortified dwelling constructed in a lake or marsh in Scotland or Ireland.
Example sentences
  • Lochs, and Scotland has 30,000 of them, had defensive lake dwellings called crannogs, founded on timber piles.
  • Other dwellings were built in lakes and were called crannogs.
  • It is one of hundreds of crannogs in Scotland's 30,000 lochs, whose history has, until now, been rather neglected.


Early 17th century: from Irish crannóg, Scottish Gaelic crannag 'timber structure', from crann 'tree, beam'.

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