Southern Cross

Southern Cross

noun
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.
Compare Stars and Bars.


Origin:
1690–1700, for def 1

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Southern Cross
 
n
1.  Crux, Formal names: Crux Australis 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 pole
2.  (Austral) the flag flown at the Eureka Stockade

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Southern Cross   (sŭ'ərn)  Pronunciation Key 
A constellation in the polar region of the Southern Hemisphere near Centaurus.
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