- a representation of two bones placed crosswise, usually below a skull, to symbolize death.
Origin of crossbones
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Examples from the Web for crossbones
Visitors arrive to the park at the Ugab River and are welcomed by gates bearing two skull and crossbones.Namibia’s Spooky Skeleton Coast
March 5, 2014
Also on tap for midseason: Crossbones and comedies About a Boy and The Family Guide.
Crossbones by Nuruddin Farah A gripping fictional look into the horrors and chaos of Somalia.This Week’s Hot Reads
September 26, 2011
Up goes the black flag, and the skull and crossbones to the fore.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
The crossbones as hung on the masthead o' the Spittin' Devil.
Skull and Crossbones was too obvious, and my next choice was The Gibbet.
The flag was black, and in the centre were a white skull and crossbones!Freaks on the Fells
These warnings were obeyed, for there was a skull and crossbones at the top of the poster.What Is Man? And Other Stories
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
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