from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Jolly Roger.

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  • n. A flag with a black color, used as a symbol of anarchism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the flag of a pirate, often bearing in white a skull and crossbones; a signal of defiance.
  • n. See under Black.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black background; indicates a pirate ship


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  • Most of its hair was gone, its eyes were now dark hollows, and its teeth were bared in a rictus of pain, but still I knew that I was looking at the remains of Jack Mercier, hanging dark against the reddening sky like a black flag set in the firmament.

    The Killing Kind

  • The western Baggara followed the black flag of Abdullahi, rewarded for his long loyalty.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • OF all the pseudo-rebels who have raised a tarletan black flag in These States, surely Mary MacLane is one of the most pathetic.

    Prejudices : first series,


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