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Death's head   /dɛθs hɛd/   Listen
Death's head

A human skull (or a representation of a human skull) used as a symbol of death.

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"Death's head" Quotes from Famous Books

... gave a figure from a drawing by Mr. Grallieni, which, looked at from a distance, seemed to be a death's head, but which, when examined more closely, was seen to represent two children caressing a dog. Since then we have had occasion to publish some landscapes of Kircher and his imitators, which, looked at sideways, exhibited human profiles. This sort of amusement has exercised the skill of artists ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 497, July 11, 1885 • Various

... frightfully painted, each after his own device, and all as hideous as savage conception can suggest. The visages of bears, wolves, and other fierce animals, are depicted on their breasts and shields—with the still more horrid emblems of the death's head, the cross-bones, and the red-hand. Even their horses are covered with similar devices—stained upon their skins in ochre, charcoal, and vermilion! The sight is too fearful to be fantastic. On they come, ...
— The Wild Huntress - Love in the Wilderness • Mayne Reid

... a drawn death's head of skin pulled tight upon bone, yet a fiery inner strength holding her mind above the suffering of her body, looked at the Terran with narrowed eyes. She nursed a bandaged arm against her, and now and then her mouth quivered as if she could not altogether control ...
— Key Out of Time • Andre Alice Norton

Words linked to "Death's head" :   symbolic representation, symbolization, symbolisation, symbol

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