noun, plural crux·es, cru·ces [kroo-seez] /ˈkru siz/.
Origin of crux
Examples from the Web for cruces
Guillelmum Mari de Honosio arbitrarie puniendum, cruces simplices, peregrinationes minores.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume I|Henry Charles Lea
Vos plane qui ligneos deos consecratis, cruces ligneas, ut deorum vestrorum partes, forsitan adoratis.
Tom took the hint, and, with his companions, continued to walk on in the direction of Cruces.The Funny Philosophers|George Yellott
About one-third of the people with me died, either at Cruces or on the way to Panama.Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete|Ulysses S. Grant
Night would bring no rest to Cruces, while the crowds were there to be fed, cheated, or amused.Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands|Mary Seacole
noun Latin genitive Crucis (ˈkruːsɪs)
noun plural cruxes or cruces (ˈkruːsiːz)
Word Origin for crux
1814, "cross," from Latin crux "cross" (see cross (n.)). Figurative use for "a central difficulty," is older, from 1718; perhaps from Latin crux interpretum "a point in a text that is impossible to interpret," in which the literal sense is something like "crossroads of interpreters." Extended sense of "central point" is from 1888.