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A cross is a geometrical figure consisting of two intersecting lines or bars, usually perpendicular to each other. The lines usually run vertically and horizontally. A cross of oblique lines, in the shape of the Latin letter X , is also termed a saltire in heraldic terminology. The word cross is recorded in 10th-century Old English as cros , exclusively for the instrument of Christ's crucifixion , replacing the native Old English word rood. The word's history is complicated; it appears to have entered English from Old Irish , possibly via Old Norse , ultimately from the Latin crux or its accusative crucem and its genitive crucis , "stake, cross".

A sun crosssolar crossor wheel cross is a solar symbol consisting of an equilateral cross inside a circle. The design is frequently found in the symbolism of prehistoric cultures, particularly during the Neolithic to Bronze Age periods of European prehistory. The symbol's ubiquity and apparent importance in prehistoric religion have given rise to its interpretation as a solar symbol, whence the modern English term "sun cross" a calque of German: The same symbol is in use as a modern astronomical symbol representing the Earth rather than the Sun. The interpretation of the simple equilateral cross as cross dating wiki solar symbol in Bronze Age religion was widespread in 19th-century scholarship.

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