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 Crutched FriarsCrux Ansa’ta. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Crux (A).
 
A knotty point, a difficulty. Instantia crucis means a crucial test, or the point where two similar diseases crossed and showed a special feature. It does not refer to the cross, an instrument of punishment; but to the crossing of two lines, called also a node or knot; hence a trouble or difficulty. Quæ te mala crux agitat? (Plautus); What evil cross distresses you?—i.e. what difficulty, what trouble are you under?   1
 


 Crutched FriarsCrux Ansa’ta. 

 
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