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cru·ci·form

 (kro͞o′sə-fôrm′)
adj.
Shaped like a cross; cruciate.

[Latin crux, cruc-, cross + -form.]

cru′ci·form′ n.
cru′ci·form′ly adv.

cruciform

(ˈkruːsɪˌfɔːm)
adj
shaped like a cross
n
(Mathematics) a geometric curve, shaped like a cross, that has four similar branches asymptotic to two mutually perpendicular pairs of lines. Equation: x2y2a2x2a2y2 = 0, where x = y = ± a are the four lines
[C17: from Latin crux cross + -form]
ˈcruciˌformly adv

cru•ci•form

(ˈkru səˌfɔrm)

adj.
1. cross-shaped.
n.
2. a cross.
[1655–65; < Latin cruci-, s. of crux cross + -form]
cru`ci•for′mi•ty, n.
cru′ci•form`ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cruciform - shaped like a cross
symmetric, symmetrical - having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts
Translations

cruciform

[ˈkruːsɪfɔːm] ADJcruciforme

cruciform

adjkreuzförmig
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But something more politically resonant is going on: The linear cruciforms gradually become a harrowing image of welts and scars, the aftermath of a slave whipping.
The various objects that comprise the tableaux include parts that seem to belong to stuffed animals and grotesquely shaped dolls, which are impaled by the pikes--as are distinct body parts, an abundance of phallic shapes, and cruciforms.