crossbones

[ kraws-bohnz, kros- ]
/ ˈkrɔsˌboʊnz, ˈkrɒs- /
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plural noun

a representation of two bones placed crosswise, usually below a skull, to symbolize death.

Nearby words

  1. crossbill,
  2. crossbirth,
  3. crossbite,
  4. crossbody,
  5. crossbolt lock,
  6. crossbow,
  7. crossbowman,
  8. crossbred,
  9. crossbreed,
  10. crossbuck

Origin of crossbones

First recorded in 1790–1800; cross- + bone + -s3

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British Dictionary definitions for crossbones

crossbones

/ (ˈkrɒsˌbəʊnz) /

pl n

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