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Maltese cross

noun

Definition of Maltese cross

  1. 1 a :  a cross formée b :  a cross that resembles the cross formée but has the outer face of each arm indented in a V — see cross illustration

  2. 2 :  a Eurasian herb (Lychnis chalcedonica) of the pink family cultivated for its usually scarlet flowers



1877

First Known Use of maltese cross

1877


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