Southern Cross

  1. Also called Cross. Astronomy. a southern constellation between Centaurus and Musca.Compare Northern Cross.
  2. U.S. History. the battle flag of the Confederate States of America.

Origin of Southern Cross

1690–1700, for def 1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for southern cross

Southern Cross

  1. 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 poleFormal names: Crux, Crux Australis
  2. Australian the flag flown at the Eureka Stockade
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southern cross in Science

Southern Cross

  1. A constellation in the polar region of the Southern Hemisphere near Centaurus.
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