- a cross having four equal arms that expand in width outward.
- scarlet lychnis.
Origin of Maltese cross
First recorded in 1875–80
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The pilot did so, and saw a Maltese-cross biplane falling in flames.Cavalry of the Clouds
- a cross with triangular arms that taper towards the centre, sometimes having indented outer sides: formerly worn by the Knights of Malta
- (in a film projector) a cam mechanism of this shape that produces intermittent motion
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