Maltese cross


Definition of Maltese cross

1a : 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

First Known Use of Maltese cross

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Maltese cross.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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