Victoria cross
Victoria Vic*to"ri*a, n. [NL.] 1. (Bot.) A genus of aquatic plants named in honor of Queen Victoria. The {Victoria regia} is a native of Guiana and Brazil. Its large, spreading leaves are often over five feet in diameter, and have a rim from three to five inches high; its immense rose-white flowers sometimes attain a diameter of nearly two feet. [1913 Webster]

2. A kind of low four-wheeled pleasure carriage, with a calash top, designed for two persons and the driver who occupies a high seat in front. [1913 Webster]

3. (Astron.) An asteroid discovered by Hind in 1850; -- called also {Clio}. [1913 Webster]

4. One of an American breed of medium-sized white hogs with a slightly dished face and very erect ears. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Victoria cross}, a bronze Maltese cross, awarded for valor to members of the British army or navy. It was first bestowed in 1857, at the close of the Crimean war. The recipients also have a pension of [pounds]10 a year.

{Victoria green}. (Chem.) See {Emerald green}, under {Green}.

{Victoria lily} (Bot.), the {Victoria regia}. See def. 1, above. [1913 Webster]


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  • Victoria Cross — Vorderseite des Victoria Kreuzes und Wiederholungsspange Das Victoria Cross (deutsch: „Victoria Kreuz“) ist die höchste Kriegsauszeichnung der Streitkräfte des Vereinigten Königreichs und einiger Staaten des Commonwealth. Es wird für… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Victoria Cross — /vɪktɔriə ˈkrɒs/ (say viktawreeuh kros) noun 1. the highest bravery award in the imperial honours system, the decoration being in the shape of a bronze Maltese cross, awarded to members of the armed services for acts of conspicuous bravery in the …   Australian English dictionary

  • Victoria Cross — a British decoration awarded to soldiers and sailors for acts of conspicuous bravery in the presence of the enemy. Abbr.: V.C. [1855 60] * * * ▪ British military decoration       the highest decoration for valour in the British armed forces,… …   Universalium

  • Victoria Cross — UK [vɪkˌtɔːrɪə ˈkrɒs] / US [vɪkˌtɔrɪə ˈkrɔs] noun [countable] Word forms Victoria Cross : singular Victoria Cross plural Victoria Crosses a medal given to British soldiers for very brave acts …   English dictionary

  • VICTORIA CROSS —    a naval and military decoration in the shape of a Maltese cross, instituted by Queen Victoria in 1856 for conspicuous bravery in the presence of an enemy …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Victoria Cross — n. a decoration awarded for conspicuous bravery in the armed services, instituted by Queen Victoria in 1856 …   Useful english dictionary

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