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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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  • The only r'ally honest label that kems out of a drug-sthore is thim that has the skull and crossbones on 'em.

  • The flag was black, and in the centre were a white skull and crossbones!

    Freaks on the Fells R.M. Ballantyne
  • A few seconds later the door opened again, and her cherished badge was flung down upon Skull and crossbones.

  • Up goes the black flag, and the skull and crossbones to the fore.

  • Nevertheless, the girls did have one favor to ask—that they might hold a meeting of Skull and crossbones at the old mansion.

    The Secret of the Sundial Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
  • The crossbones as hung on the masthead o' the Spittin' Devil.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • He describes her room with its darkened windows, skulls and crossbones, and lamp lit in front of a mysterious shrine.

    Lafcadio Hearn Nina H. Kennard
British Dictionary definitions for crossbones


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