crook"neck`(?), n. Either of two varieties of squash, distinguished by their tapering, recurved necks. The summer crookneck is botanically a variety of the pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) and matures early in the season. It is pale yellow in color, with warty excrescences. The winter crookneck belongs to a distinct species (Cucurbita moschata) and is smooth and often striped. [U. S.]
Syn. -- crookneck squash.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Cro`quante"(?), n. [F.] A brittle cake or other crisp pastry.
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