Also, heart of the matter. The basic, central or critical point of an issue. For example, In this trial the bloodstains represent the crux of the matter, or We think the second clause is the heart of the matter. Although crux is Latin for “cross,” in English it means “difficulty” or “puzzle,” and it is from the latter that this expression is thought to be derived. The variant employs heart in the sense of “a vital part” (as it is in the body). The first term dates from the late 1800s, the variant from the early 1500s.
- Crux pilorum
crux pilorum crux pi·lo·rum (pī-lôr’əm) n. A crosslike figure formed by hairs growing from two directions that meet and then separate in a direction perpendicular to the original orientation.
/krɔɪf; Dutch krœjf/ noun 1. Johan (joːˈhɑn). born 1947, Dutch footballer and manager: played for Ajax and Barcelona; European Footballer of the Year (1971, 1973, 1974); capped 48 times for the Netherlands, scoring 33 goals; as a manager he won the European Cup with Barcelona (1992)
[krooz; Spanish krooth] /kruz; Spanish kruθ/ noun 1. San Juan de la [sahn hwahn de lah] /sɑn ʰwɑn dɛ lɑ/ (Show IPA), . 2. Juana Inés de la [ee-nes de lah] /iˈnɛs dɛ lɑ/ (Show IPA), 1651–95, Mexican nun, scholar, and poet.
[kroo-zey-doh; Portuguese kroo-zah-doo] /kruˈzeɪ doʊ; Portuguese kruˈzɑ dʊ/ noun, plural cruzadoes, cruzados. 1. . /kruːˈzeɪdəʊ; Portuguese kruˈzɑːdu/ noun (pl) -does, -dos (-dəʊz; Portuguese) (-duʃ) 1. a former standard monetary unit of Brazil, replaced by the cruzeiro 2. another name for crusado