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Maltese cross

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noun

a cross having four equal arms that expand in width outward.

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Origin of Maltese cross

First recorded in 1875–80

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Maltese cross

noun

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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