Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A swastika.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A swastika, especially one with the arms bent in an anticlockwise direction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A peculiarly formed cross, each arm of which has a continuation at right angles, all in the same direction, used as a symbol or as an ornament since prehistoric times from China to western Africa.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Originally perhaps a device for the foot of a painted window : fill + foot.

Examples

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  • From "Haile Selassie Funeral Train" by Guy Davenport.

    January 19, 2010

  • This is another word for Swastika, which is an ancient symbol, particularly in Hinduism. The Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika has a number of alternate names for it.

    October 28, 2007