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 exterior or surface part of bread b. a piece of this or of bread grown dry or hard 2. the pastry cover of a pie 3. a hard or brittle external coat or covering: as a. a hard surface layer (as of soil or snow) b. the outer part of a planet, moon, or asteroid composed essentially of crystalline rocks c. a deposit built up on the interior surface of a wine bottle during long aging d. an encrusting deposit of dried secretions or exudate; especially scab 4. gall, nervecrust verbcrustal adjectivecrustless adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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