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Miscellaneous symbols

Britannia

a woman who is a symbol of Britain. She wears a helmet and carries a shield and trident (=a weapon like a large fork).

service mark

noun

a sign or symbol used by a person or company that provides a service, to show clearly that they are different from other companies

signet

noun

a seal used in the past to put a special design on letters, documents etc as a way of signing them

signet

noun

the mark made by a signet

skull and crossbones

noun

a picture of two crossed bones under a skull. It was used in the past on ships belonging to pirates (=sailors that attacked and stole from other ships) and is now used for warning of danger, for example on a container that holds a harmful substance.

star

noun

a sign or small piece of paper shaped like a star that is given to someone, especially a child, as a reward for good work

swastika

noun

this cross used as the symbol of the German Nazi party

totem

noun

an object or symbol used for representing one of these animals, plants, or objects

white flag

noun

a sign that you want to make peace with someone

protologism

a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used

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garbage patch

a collection of debris, mostly consisting of plastic, which moves around in the sea …

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