skull and crossbones


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skull and crossbones

alerts consumers to presence of poison; represents death. [Folklore: Misc.]
See: Danger

skull and crossbones

symbolizing mortality; sign on poison bottles. [World Culture: Brewer Dictionary, 1009]
See: Death
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