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[kraws-bohnz, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌboʊnz, ˈkrɒs-/
plural noun
a representation of two bones placed crosswise, usually below a skull, to symbolize death.
Origin of crossbones
1790-1800; cross- + bone + -s3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for crossbones
  • She will take you to off-the-beaten-track places, for instance, a church decorated entirely with human skulls and crossbones.
  • The billboard features a picture of hot dogs in a cigarette pack inscribed with skull and crossbones.
  • Swimming areas are marked out with red and yellow flags, and red flags with crossbones signal areas that are off limits.
  • They have seen the skull-and-crossbones flag and are certain the place must be a tourist trap.
  • Jobs exhorted, and they raised a skull and crossbones over their offices.
  • When you're a senior, you get the sword and skull and crossbones.
  • Placards with skulls and crossbones warn of contamination.
  • But as researchers screen more and more substances, a dizzying number emerge from the lab festooned with skull and crossbones.
  • They are sometimes identified with the symbol of skull and crossbones.
  • On it lie a skull and crossbones, manacles, and a serpent.
British Dictionary definitions for crossbones


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