Swastika meaning

swŏs'tĭ-kə
A design or ornament of ancient origin in the form of a cross with four equal arms, each bent in a right-angle extension: a mystic symbol found in both the Old World and the New World.
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An ancient cosmic or religious symbol formed by a Greek cross with the ends of the arms bent at right angles in either a clockwise or a counterclockwise direction.
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Origin of swastika

  • Sanskrit svastikaḥ sign of good luck, swastika from svasti well-being (e)su- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition