maltese cross
maltese cross maltese cross n. (Bot.) A Eurasian garden perennial ({Lychins chalcedonica}) having scarlet flowers in dense terminal heads.

Syn: scarlet lychnis, {Lychins chalcedonica}. [WordNet 1.5]

2. A cross with triangular or arrow-shaped arms and the points toward the center. See illustration under {cross}. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • Maltese cross — Maltese Mal*tese , a. Of or pertaining to Malta or to its inhabitants. n. sing. & pl. A native or inhabitant of Malta; the people of Malta. [1913 Webster] {Maltese cross}. See Illust. 5, of {Cross}. {Maltese dog} (Zo[ o]l.), a breed of small… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Maltese cross — n. [from its use as an emblem by the medieval Knights of Malta] 1. a cross whose arms look like arrowheads pointing inward: see CROSS 2. a perennial garden flower (Lychnis chalcedonica) of the pink family, having brilliant red five parted flowers …   English World dictionary

  • Maltese cross — For other uses, see Maltese cross (disambiguation). Maltese cross The insignia of a Serving Brother of …   Wikipedia

  • Maltese cross — noun a cross with triangular or arrow shaped arms and the points toward the center • Hypernyms: ↑Cross * * * ˌMaltese ˈcross 7 noun a cross whose arms are equal in length and have wide ends with V shapes cut out of them   Word Origin: [Maltese… …   Useful english dictionary

  • maltese cross — noun Eurasian garden perennial having scarlet flowers in dense terminal heads • Syn: ↑scarlet lychnis, ↑Lychins chalcedonica • Hypernyms: ↑lychnis, ↑catchfly * * * ˌMaltese ˈcross 7 noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • Maltese cross — noun Date: 1877 1. a. a cross formée b. a cross that resembles the cross formée but has the outer face of each arm indented in a V see cross illustration 2. a Eurasian herb (Lychnis chalcedonica) of the pink family cultivated for its usually… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Maltese cross — 1. a cross having four equal arms that expand in width outward. See illus. under cross. 2. See scarlet lychnis. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • Maltese Cross — Mal|tese Cross [ˌmo:lti:z ˈkrɔs US ˌmo:lti:z ˈkro:s] n a cross with four pieces that become wider as they go out from the centre …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Maltese cross — noun a cross with arms of equal length which broaden from the centre and have their ends indented in a shallow V shape. Origin so named because the cross was formerly worn by the Knights Hospitallers, a religious order based in Malta 1530–1798 …   English new terms dictionary

  • Maltese cross — Mal′tese cross′ n. a cross having four equal arms that expand in width outward • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

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