from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ornithology, the os transversale or pessulus of the syrinx. Coues. See pessulus.
  • n. plural The representation of two bones, generally thigh-bones, crossed like the letter X, and usually accompanied by a skull. See skull and cross-bones, under skull.


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  • Jolly Rogers, named for the skull and cross-bone symbol of bygone pirates, is being marketed by the Velcro Kids Company as part of a play set that allows children to assemble castles or ships and imagine themselves aboard.

    Imagination, Toy Industry Go Hand in Hand

  • We can see this better from the ambulatory, also the curious skull and cross-bone ornament which is all that is left of the tomb of Anne of Cleves, Henry

    Westminster Abbey

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