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skull and crossbones

noun
1.
a representation of a front view of a human skull above two crossed bones, originally used on pirates' flags and now used as a warning sign, as in designating substances as poisons.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30
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British Dictionary definitions for skull crossbones

skull and crossbones

noun
1.
a picture of the human skull above two crossed thighbones, formerly on the pirate flag, now used as a warning of danger or death
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skull crossbones in Medicine

skull and crossbones n. pl. skulls and crossbones
A representation of a human skull above two long crossed bones, a symbol of death used as a warning label on poisons.

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skull crossbones in Culture

skull and crossbones definition


A picture or outline of a human skull and two crossed arm or leg bones. Pirate ships are supposed to have used the skull and crossbones on their flags. (See also Jolly Roger.)

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