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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 men from the land of the Southern Cross are used to gorgeous sunsets, but never had we looked upon anything like this.

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

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • The two women were the only persons on board left in ignorance of the certain fate awaiting the Southern Cross.

    His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy
  • This information he gave to every whaler and other vessel the Southern Cross fell in with.

    Washed Ashore W.H.G. Kingston
  • They put The Southern Cross in, cast anchor, and let a boat down from her side.

  • The light on the Southern Cross was lowered slowly, then raised again.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • But long before dawn the rising tide would have made short work of what was left of the Southern Cross.

    His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy
  • Our chance lay on the deck of the Southern Cross, and after that at 'Frisco.

    The House Under the Sea Sir Max Pemberton
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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