a cross.

1655–65; < Latin cruci- (stem of crux) cross + -form

cruciformity, noun
cruciformly, adverb
noncruciform, adjective
noncruciformly, adverb
subcruciform, adjective Unabridged
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cruciform (ˈkruːsɪˌfɔːm)
1.  shaped like a cross
2.  a geometric curve, shaped like a cross, that has four similar branches asymptotic to two mutually perpendicular pairs of lines. Equation:x²y² -- a²x² -- a²y² = 0, where x = y = ± a are the four lines
[C17: from Latin crux cross + -form]

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Word Origin & History

1660s, from Mod.L. cruciformis, from L. crux (gen. crucis) "stake, cross" + + forma "form" (see form).
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Example sentences
The rear wall features a cross punched out of the heavy raw cement, and light emanates from the cruciform.
He breathed three rimes upon it and then spilled wax in a cruciform pattern.
The interior plan is derived from a simple church cruciform pattern, but adapted to the needs of a cemetery chapel.
Short transept arms and a semicircular apse subtly reinforce the cruciform shape of the building.
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