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Elcruke, Elecruke, n. Also: elcrwk, -cruik, -crook; evillcruik, eilcruk. [f. ME. ewel, var. of awel, OE. áwel (ON. áll) flesh-hook, and Cruke n. Cf. Ail-cruke and Eul-cruik.] A hook for lifting flesh out of a pot.(a) 1483 Acta Aud. *119/2.
A ladil, a guse pan, a elecruke
1519 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II. 177.
Ane ladil and ane evill cruik
1522 Dunferm. B. Rec. 209.
Ane kamenstok, ane eilcruk, ane hekkill
(b) 1540 Acta Conc. & Sess. MS. XIII. 119 b.
Ane irne ladill, elcrux, … ane fles knyf
1560 Stirling B. Rec. II. 72.
Ane tangis, … ane elcrwk, ane pair of pot bwles
1584 Edinb. Test. XIII. 191 b.
Ane beif pot, … with pot boulis, elcruik, & ladill of bras
1589 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 129.
Ane peulder dische, ane trunscheor, ane elcruik and ladill
1604 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 446.
That the said Marjorie besoght God … that she mycht harll thame out with elcrukis lyk doggis
1606 Birnie Kirk B. xix. 35.
Lyke Hophnees with elcrookes to minche … the offerings of God

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