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

  • n. An arrow with a wide barbed head.
  • n. Chiefly British A wide arrowhead mark identifying government property.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mark placed upon British ordnance and government stores, which bears a rude resemblance to a broad arrowhead.
  • adj. originally a pheon. See Pheon, and Broad arrow under Arrow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The royal mark of British government stores of every description, which it is felony to obliterate or deface.

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

  • n. an arrowhead mark identifying British government property
  • n. a mark shaped like an arrowhead; used to mark convicts' clothing
  • n. an arrow with a wide barbed head

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