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Either from the cross usually set before it, or from a superstitious custom of writing it in the form of a cross, by way of a charm. See crossrow.


Christcross-row (plural not attested)

  1. (obsolete) The alphabet.
    From infant conning of the Christcross-row. — Wordsworth.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for Christcross-row in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)