Cruciate



[kroo-shee-it, -eyt] /ˈkru ʃi ɪt, -ˌeɪt/

adjective
1.
shaped like a cross; cross-shaped.
2.
Botany. having the form of a cross with equal arms, as the flowers of mustard.
3.
Entomology. crossing diagonally when at rest, as the wings of certain insects.
/ˈkruːʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
adjective
1.
shaped or arranged like a cross: cruciate petals
noun
2.
(informal)

adj.

“cross-shaped,” from Modern Latin cruciatus, from Latin crux (genitive crucis) “cross” (see cross (n.)). Obsolete meaning “tormented” is 1530s, from Latin cruciat-, past participle stem of cruciare “cause pain or anguish to,” literally “crucify,” from crux.

cruciate cru·ci·ate (krōō’shē-āt’) or cru·cial (krōō’shəl)
adj.

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