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crossbones

[kraws-bohnz, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌboʊnz, ˈkrɒs-/
plural noun
1.
a representation of two bones placed crosswise, usually below a skull, to symbolize death.
Origin of crossbones
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; cross- + bone + -s3
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  • Up goes the black flag, and the skull and crossbones to the fore.

  • The crossbones as hung on the masthead o' the Spittin' Devil.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • Skull and crossbones was too obvious, and my next choice was The Gibbet.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • The flag was black, and in the centre were a white skull and crossbones!

    Freaks on the Fells R.M. Ballantyne
  • 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)
  • Mystery, secret gates, skull and crossbones, and nobody home!

    Gold Out of Celebes Aylward Edward Dingle
  • The skull and crossbones flared and snapped loudly and derisively.

    For the Honor of the School Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for crossbones

crossbones

/ˈkrɒsˌbəʊnz/
plural noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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