Pronunciation: (kresh, krāsh; Fr. kresh), [key]
—pl. crèch•esPronunciation: (kresh'iz, krā'shiz; Fr. kresh). [key]
1. a small or large modeled representation or tableau of Mary, Joseph, and others around the crib of Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem, as is displayed in homes or erected for exhibition in a community at Christmas season.
2. a home for foundlings.
3. Brit.a day-care center; day nursery.
4. Animal Behav.an assemblage of dependent young that are cared for communally.
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