n.1.The alphabet; - called also Christcross-row.
And from the crossrow plucks the letter G.
- Shak.
2.A row that crosses others.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Soil sampling in experiment t 1 Of was done in a crossrow transect of five 0.05-m-diameter cores at 0-0.1 m depth per plot, whereas sampling in experiments T13F, Q13F and B14F was done by combining 10 0.02-m diameter cores per plot for the surface (0-0.1 m) and sub-surface (0.1-0.2 m).
[10] Ferry observes that the "association between words and supernatural power is built into the very word for the alphabet in sixteenth-century English, crossrow, which largely replaced the Middle English name, abc" (128).