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Southern Cross

Also called Cross. Astronomy. a southern constellation between Centaurus and Musca.
Compare Northern Cross.
U.S. History. the battle flag of the Confederate States of America.
Compare Stars and Bars.
Origin of Southern Cross
1690-1700, for def 1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The light on the Southern Cross was lowered slowly, then raised again.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • Beyond, on the waters of the Cove, the Southern Cross rode at anchor.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • Our chance lay on the deck of the Southern Cross, and after that at 'Frisco.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • The Southern Cross is on the rocks, be sure of it, and good men with her.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • Believe me, that under the Southern Cross it is not the Dutch who are vile.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer
  • Guided by the Southern Cross they pursued nearly a straight course.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • This information he gave to every whaler and other vessel the Southern Cross fell in with.

    Washed Ashore W.H.G. Kingston
  • Overhead, by the Southern Cross, a black patch shows in the sky.

    Colonial Born G. Firth Scott
British Dictionary definitions for Southern Cross

Southern Cross

a small conspicuous constellation in the S hemisphere lying in the Milky Way near Centaurus. The four brightest stars form a cross, the longer arm of which points to the south celestial pole Formal names Crux, Crux Australis
(Austral) the flag flown at the Eureka Stockade
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Southern Cross in Science
Southern Cross
A constellation in the polar region of the Southern Hemisphere near Centaurus.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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