\ \ [14] Rather like crack, the word crevice began with the notion of the sharp noise of breaking and gradually developed to denote the fissure caused by such a break. It comes ultimately from the Latin verb crepārecreak, rattle, crack’ (source of English crepitation [17] and decrepit, and probably also of craven), which passed into Old French as creverburst, split’. From this was derived the noun crevace, borrowed into Middle English as crevace or crevisse. In modern French it developed into crevasse, which English reborrowed in the 19th century.

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