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Maltese cross

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noun
  1. a cross having four equal arms that expand in width outward.
  2. scarlet lychnis.
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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

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British Dictionary definitions for maltese cross

Maltese cross

noun
  1. a cross with triangular arms that taper towards the centre, sometimes having indented outer sides: formerly worn by the Knights of Malta
  2. (in a film projector) a cam mechanism of this shape that produces intermittent motion
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