fiery cross

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fiery cross

n
1. a burning cross, used as a symbol by the Ku Klux Klan
2. (Historical Terms) a wooden cross with ends charred or dipped in blood formerly used by Scottish Highlanders to summon the clans to battle
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Above the baptistery was a softly lit cross and a spray of greenery, gold and ivory bows, gold and ivory ornaments, gold lame, and pearl headings.
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