Crouchmas

from the Invention of the Cross to St. Helen's Day (May 3rd to August 18th). Not Christ-mas, but Cross-mas. Rogation Sunday is called Crouchmas Sunday, and Rogation week is called Crouchmas.

From bull-cow fast,
Till Crouchmas be past

[i.e. August 18th].

Tusser: May Remembrances.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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