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Maltese cross

noun
1.
a cross having four equal arms that expand in width outward.
Origin of Maltese cross
1875-1880
1875-80
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  • Together these scars, one red, the other purple, formed a Maltese cross.

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • Roosevelt had been in the saddle all day and it was eighty miles to the Maltese cross.

  • (p. 075) The next afternoon he was riding up the river to the Maltese cross when he heard hoofs behind him.

  • That summer of 1885 he was night-herder for the Maltese cross "outfit."

  • He bought cattle until he had thousands of head, all bearing the brand of a Maltese cross.

    Modern Americans Chester Sanford
  • The name is taken from the fact that the chief sprocket wheel is shaped somewhat like a Maltese cross.

  • George had, for some years, "run" a few cattle of his own with the Maltese cross herd.

  • In buying out the Maltese cross, Roosevelt had bought only cattle and horses; not buildings or land.

  • Next day they set out on the three-hundred-mile journey home to the Maltese cross.

  • Fisher made up his mind that he knew all he needed to know about the new owner of the Maltese cross.

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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