- Bot. having leaves or petals arranged in the form of a cross
- Zool. crossing: said of wings
Origin of cruciate; from Modern Latin cruciatus (in L, past participle of cruciare, to crucify) ; from Classical Latin crux, cross
- Arranged in or forming a cross; cruciform.
- a. Overlapping or crossing, as the wings of some insects when at rest.b. Shaped like a cross: the cruciate ligaments of the knee.
Origin of cruciateNew Latin cruciatus, from Latin crux, cruc-, cross.
(third-person singular simple present cruciates, present participle cruciating, simple past and past participle cruciated)
From Latin cruciatus.