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cruciform

[kroo-suh-fawrm]
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adjective
  1. being in the shape of a cross; cross-shaped.
noun
  1. a cross.

Origin of cruciform

1655–65; < Latin cruci- (stem of crux) cross + -form
Related formscru·ci·for·mi·ty, nouncru·ci·form·ly, adverbnon·cru·ci·form, adjectivenon·cru·ci·form·ly, adverbsub·cru·ci·form, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cruciformity

cruciform

adjective
  1. shaped like a cross
noun
  1. a geometric curve, shaped like a cross, that has four similar branches asymptotic to two mutually perpendicular pairs of lines. Equation: x ² y ² – a ² x ² – a ² y ² = 0, where x = y = ± a are the four lines
Derived Formscruciformly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin crux cross + -form
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Word Origin and History for cruciformity

cruciform

adj.

1660s, from Modern Latin cruciformis, from Latin crux (genitive crucis) "stake, cross" (see cross (n.)) + forma "form" (see form (n.)).

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