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[kroo-suh-fawrm] /ˈkru səˌfɔrm/

being in the shape of a ; cross-shaped.
a cross.
shaped like a cross
a geometric curve, shaped like a cross, that has four similar branches asymptotic to two mutually perpendicular pairs of lines. Equation:x²y² – a²x² – a²y² = 0, where x = y = ± a are the four lines

1660s, from Modern Latin cruciformis, from Latin crux (genitive crucis) “stake, cross” (see cross (n.)) + forma “form” (see form (n.)).


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