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crosier

, crozier
1. a staff surmounted by a crook or cross, carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office
2. the tip of a young plant, esp a fern frond, that is coiled into a hook
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crosier

bishop’s staff signifying his ruling power. [Christian Symbolism: Appleton, 21]
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