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
References in classic literature ?
And at the zenith of his fame, how he would suddenly appear at the old village and stalk into church, brown and weather-beaten, in his black velvet doublet and trunks, his great jack-boots, his crimson sash, his belt bristling with horse-pistols, his crime-rusted cut- lass at his side, his slouch hat with waving plumes, his black flag unfurled, with the skull and crossbones on it, and hear with swelling ecstasy the whisperings, "It's Tom Sawyer the Pirate
Next night we stuck a picture, which Tom drawed in blood, of a skull and crossbones on the front door; and next night another one of a coffin on the back door.
There's the last of that old skull and crossbones," he said as he scattered the pieces upon the dark and disappearing waves of the stream; "but I should think it would poison the fishes.
The hellraising Motorhead singer first triggered the alarms with the silver skull and crossbones adorning his hat, before the Confederate flag-shaped heavy-duty belt buckle he was wearing set off security scanners upon his second attempt at entry.
With their Skull and Crossbones flying, the dreaded pirate code.
The embellished chapter plate headings, the map of the Old Junk Shop and occasional skull and crossbones enhance the visual feel to the story of Borroweresque pirates.
Happy Halloween buys - de& ROSE SKULL & CROSSBONES TIGHTS KEEP toddlers snuggly and spooky in these combed cotton, nylon and spandex-mix tights, which feature a smiley skull and crossbones on the knees and feet and have anti-slip grips for tiny terrors learning to walk.
BLADE & ROSE SKULL & CROSSBONES TIGHTS KEEP toddlers snuggly and spooky in these combed cotton, nylon and spandex-mix tights, which feature a smiley skull and crossbones on the knees and feet and have anti-slip grips for tiny terrors learning to walk.
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The Skull and Crossbones dog toy is soft but durable - capable of sustaining 55 lbs of pull pressure.