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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Crune, croyn, v. Also: cruin. [Northern ME. croyne (early 15th c.), MDu. krônen, etc.]

1. intr. To bellow, roar, or rumble. Also cruining ppl. a. c1500-c1512 Dunb. I. 42.
He said he wes ane licherous bull, That croynd bayth day and nycht
1513 Doug. Æn. vi. iv. 40.
The grond begouth to rummys, croyn, and ryng, Vndir thar feyt
1587-99 Hume vii. 234.
Sum were train'd be horsse of coulor white, … Be cruining bulls of heigh and hautie minde

2. intr. and tr. To sing in a low or mournful tone. Also cruning vbl. sb. 1567 G. Ball. 205.
The sisteris gray, befoir this day, Did crune within thair cloister
1596 Dalr. l. 287/29.
They fand … another witch sitting besyd singing and cruining versis
1638 Adamson Muses Thr. 20.
And ye my loadstones [= curling stones.] … Come help me for to weep by mournfull cruning

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