papal cross

noun

Definition of papal cross

: a figure of a cross having a long upright shaft and three crossbars with the longest at or somewhat above its middle and the two other successively shorter crossbars above the longest one — see cross illustration

First Known Use of papal cross

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Papal cross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/papal%20cross. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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