death's head

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Noun1.death's head - a human skull (or a representation of a human skull) used as a symbol of deathdeath's head - a human skull (or a representation of a human skull) used as a symbol of death
symbolic representation, symbolisation, symbolization, symbol - something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible; "the eagle is a symbol of the United States"
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All the details of his coming into and going out of the palace--on the night when he introduced himself in the character of an Italian fortune teller--you will tell him, that he may not doubt the correctness of my information; that he had under his cloak a large white robe dotted with black tears, death's heads, and crossbones--for in case of a surprise, he was to pass for the phantom of the White Lady who, as all the world knows, appears at the Louvre every time any great event is impending.
He saw the perambulating corpses, the ghastly death's heads of men who labored in the dye-rooms.
His words were received with interest and amazement; and soon there were other people to say that they too had met a man in dress-clothes with a death's head on his shoulders.
The flag of the death's head is hoisted in all engagements.
But the chief peculiarity of this horrible thing was the representation of a Death's Head, which covered nearly the whole surface of its breast, and which was as accurately traced in glaring white, upon the dark ground of the body, as if it had been there carefully designed by an artist.
His shriveled old hands were folded and on the finger of one of them Pierre noticed a large cast iron ring with a seal representing a death's head.
I am aware that within this disintegrating body which has been dying since I was born I carry a skeleton, that under the rind of flesh which is called my face is a bony, noseless death's head.
In the third, if you trust a Death's Head, he will trust you.
instead of each regiment displaying the Peruvian flag, a black one with death's head was unfurled.
Really, by the side of Sir James, he looks like a death's head skinned over for the occasion.
To have painted the sordid facts of their lives, and they throughout invoking the death's head apparition of the family gentility to come and scare their benefactors, would have made Young John a satirist of the first water.
A death's head grimaced as though a man long dead raised his parchment-covered skull from an old grave.