[kran-ee] /ˈkræn i/

noun, plural crannies.
a small, narrow opening in a wall, rock, etc.; chink; crevice; fissure:
They searched every nook and cranny for the missing ring.
a small out-of-the-way place or obscure corner; nook.
noun (pl) -nies
a narrow opening, as in a wall or rock face; chink; crevice (esp in the phrase every nook and cranny)

mid-15c., possibly from a diminutive of Middle French cran “notch, fissure” (14c.), from crener “to notch, split,” from Medieval Latin crenare, possibly from Latin cernere “to separate, sift” (see crisis). But OED casts doubt on this derivation.
see: nook and cranny


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