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patriarchal cross

noun

Definition of patriarchal cross

  1. :  a chiefly heraldic cross denoting a cardinal's or archbishop's rank and having two crossbars of which the lower is the longer and intersects the upright above or at its center —called also cross of Lorraine — see cross illustration



Circa 1727

First Known Use of patriarchal cross

circa 1727


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