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rebus

[ ree-buhs ]
/ ˈri bəs /
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noun, plural re·bus·es.
a representation of a word or phrase by pictures, symbols, etc., that suggest that word or phrase or its syllables: Two gates and a head is a rebus for Gateshead.
a piece of writing containing many such representations.
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Origin of rebus

1595–1605; <Latin rēbus by things (ablative plural of rēs), in phrase nōn verbīs sed rēbus not by words but by things
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British Dictionary definitions for rebus

rebus
/ (ˈriːbəs) /

noun plural -buses
a puzzle consisting of pictures representing syllables and words; in such a puzzle the word hear might be represented by H followed by a picture of an ear
a heraldic emblem or device that is a pictorial representation of or pun on the name of the bearer

Word Origin for rebus

C17: from French rébus, from the Latin rēbus by things, from res
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