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saltire

sal·tire

 (sôl′tîr′, -tīr′, săl′-)
n. Heraldry
An ordinary in the shape of a Saint Andrew's cross, formed by the crossing of a bend and a bend sinister.

[Middle English sautour, from Old French saultoir, stile, from saulter, to jump, from Latin saltāre; see saltation.]

saltire

(ˈsɔːlˌtaɪə) or less commonly

saltier

n
(Heraldry) heraldry an ordinary consisting of a diagonal cross on a shield
[C14 sawturoure, from Old French sauteour cross-shaped barricade, from saulter to jump, from Latin saltāre]

sal•tire

(ˈsæl tɪr, -taɪər, ˈsɔl-)

n.
a heraldic charge formed by the crossing of a bend and a bend sinister.
[1350–1400; < Middle French sautoir crossed jumping bar < Medieval Latin saltātōrium]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.saltire - a cross resembling the letter x, with diagonal bars of equal lengthsaltire - a cross resembling the letter x, with diagonal bars of equal length
Cross - a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry
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The group said they would hand out the Scottish Saltire flag -- a white X-shaped cross on a blue background.
According to legend, the Christian apostle and martyr Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, was crucified on an X-shaped cross at Patras (Patrae), in Achaea.
He was bound to an X-shaped cross (saltire) supposedly at his own request as he deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus had been.
ATHE Saltire has been Scotland's flag since the 9th century when St Andrew - who died on an X-shaped cross - appeared to King Angus in a dream on the eve of a battle.
As was common, the governor's solution was swift and brutal - Andrew was crucified on an X-shaped cross, which is reflected in the Scottish saltire.