skull and crossbones

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skull and crossbones

n. pl. skulls and crossbones
A representation of a human skull above two long crossed bones, used traditionally as a symbol of death or as a warning of the danger of death.

skull and crossbones

n
a picture of the human skull above two crossed thighbones, formerly on the pirate flag, now used as a warning of danger or death

skull′ and cross′bones


n., pl. skulls and crossbones.
a representation of a front view of a human skull above two crossed bones, orig. used on pirates' flags and now used as a warning sign, as in identifying poisons.
[1820–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skull and crossbones - emblem warning of danger or death
black flag, Jolly Roger, pirate flag, blackjack - a flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black background; indicates a pirate ship
emblem - special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
Translations
tête-de-mort
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