| source : web1913 | Crux \Crux\ (kr[u^]ks), n.; pl. E. {Cruxes} (-[e^]z), L. {Cruces} (kr[udd]"s[=e]z). [L., cross, torture, trouble.] Anything that is very puzzling or difficult to explain. --Dr. Sheridan. The perpetual crux of New Testament chronologists. --Strauss. | source : wn | Crux n 1: a small conspicuous constellation the the southern hemisphere in the Milky Way near Centaurus [syn: {Southern Cross}, {Crux}, {Crux Australis}] 2: the most important point [syn: {crux of the matter}]