Maltese cross

noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of Maltese cross was in 1877

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“Maltese cross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Maltese%20cross. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

Maltese cross

noun
: a cross with four arms of equal size that increase in width toward the ends
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