1. A wicker basket, especially one used by anglers for carrying fish.
2. A frame for holding bobbins or spools in a spinning machine.
[Middle English crel, possibly from Old French *creille, variant of greille, latticework (compare Middle French crille, grille), from Latin crātīcula, gridiron, diminutive of crātis, wickerwork.]
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