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Jolly Roger

n.
A flag bearing the emblem of a pirate ship, especially one featuring a white skull and crossbones on a black field.

[Origin unknown.]
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Jolly Roger

n
(Nautical Terms) the traditional pirate flag, consisting of a white skull and crossbones on a black field
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Jol′ly Rog′er

(ˈrɒdʒ ər)
n.
a flag flown by pirates, having a white skull and crossbones on a black field.
[1775–85]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Jolly Roger - a flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black backgroundJolly Roger - a flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black background; indicates a pirate ship
flag - emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
skull and crossbones - emblem warning of danger or death
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