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Maltese Cross

The Maltese cross is a symbol identified with the Christian warrior whose outward points form an octagon (left figure). Another class of cross sometimes (incorrectly) known as the Maltese cross is the cross pattée (from the French word meaning "paw," which each arm of the cross resembles). The TeX macro gives the form of the cross pattée illustrated in the middle figure. Around 1901, Dudeney published a seven-piece dissection of what he termed a "Maltese cross" (but which is actually a variant of the cross pattée) to a square (right figure) due to A. E. Hill (Gardner 1991, p. 46).

Latin Cross

An irregular dodecagonal cross in the shape of a dagger . The six faces of a cube can be cut along seven edges and unfolded into a Latin cross (i.e., the Latin cross is the net of the cube). Similarly, eight hypersurfaces of a hypercube can be cut along 17 squares and unfolded to form a three-dimensional Latin cross.Another cross also called the Latin cross is illustrated above. It is a Greekcross with flared ends, and is also known as the crux immissa or cross patée.

Greek Cross

A Greek cross, also called a square cross, is a cross inthe shape of a plus sign. It is a non-regular dodecagon.A square cross appears on the flag of Switzerland, and also on the key to the Swiss Bank deposit box in D. Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code (Brown 2003, pp. 146 and 171-172).Greek crosses can tile the plane, as noted by the protagonist Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Haddon 2003, pp. 203-204).


In general, a cross is a figure formed by two intersecting line segments. In linear algebra, a cross is defined as a set of mutually perpendicular pairs of vectors of equal magnitude from a fixed origin in Euclidean -space.The word "cross" is also used to denote the operation of the cross product, so would be pronounced " cross ."

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