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Crowat, Crowet, n. Also: crouat, crwat, croad; crouet, crowte. [ME. crowet(te, crouette, cruett(e, cruete (c 1290), AF. cruete.]

1. A small bottle or vial for holding liquids, esp. for table use; a cruet. a1400 Leg. S. iii. 60.
The ȝoung man hynt deliuerly A wattir crowat, stud hyme by
1421 Douglas Chart. 57.
Twa crowetis of syluyr, … twa saltfattis of syluer
1506 Treas. Acc. III. 362.
To Matho Auchlek for making of tua crowatis to the Quene
1507 Ib. 403; etc.
For ane bell, ane flacat, and ane crowat for the Princes closet
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 6183.
Tak ane crowat, one pynte stope, and one quart, … Of wyne, or balme
Ib. 6187.
The lytill crouat … Salbe so full
1578 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 57 b.
Ane tas of trie with ane siluer fuit, twa maissairis, … twa crowattis of siluer
1614 Edinb. Test. XLVIII. 61 b.
Sex silwer spunes and ane silwer beir crowte

2. A small vessel to hold wine, oil, or water, for ecclesiastical use.(a) c 1450 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 203.
Four siluer crowatis, tua mair & tua les
1500 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 87.
Siluer candilstekis, siluer crowatis and vther anornamentis for the kirk
1533 Boece vi. xii. 210.
The king … anornyt that kirk with cowpis, chalices, lawaris, crowatis of gold and siluer
1535 Stewart 53347.
Tha … spulȝeit it … Of chaleis, crowat, and censuris also
1547 Misc. Spald. C. V. 313.
The chapell graith of silver, that is to say … two silver croadds, ane haly water fatt
1559 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 320.
Tuo pair of censuris of tretty aucht wnce, togidder witht four crowattis
1572 Sat. P. xxx. 185.
Haue we sic wrangous geir … As crowats, sensours, or ane challeis leid?
(b) 1540 Treas. Acc. VII. 397.
Twa crowettis, ane bell, ane boist to keip hoistis in
1549 Compl. 76/3.
The coupis, tassis, crouettis, crounis ande al the goldin ornamentis of the sanctuar
1549 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II. 196.
Item ij siluer crouettis maid in Pareis
1559 Chart. St. Giles p. cvi.
Tua crowettis weyand twentye tua unce

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