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caste mark

(in India) a mark, usually on the forehead, symbolizing and identifying caste membership.
a distinctive trait, associated with a group or class and marking a person as a member.
Origin of caste mark
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On top of his head was an oblong of bare-shaven skull—some caste-mark apparently.

    Cupid in Africa P. C. Wren
  • This is their caste-mark, the ark of their covenant, their reason for being what they are.

  • It smote the offender between the eyebrows, leaving a caste-mark of warm ash to attest the accuracy of his aim.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • "They say the caste-mark in his forehead is a real diamond," remarked the Barrister.

    The Pointing Man Marjorie Douie
  • caste-mark, stomach, slate-colored continuations, and unctuous speech were all gone.

  • Leaning forward, she took his head in her hands and kissed him between his eyebrows where the caste-mark should be.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver

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