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Meaning of rebus

re•bus

Pronunciation: (rē'bus), [key]
— pl. -bus•es.
  1. a representation of a word or phrase by pictures, symbols, etc., that suggest that word or phrase or its syllables: Two gates and a head is a rebus for Gateshead.
  2. a piece of writing containing many such representations.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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