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A cask; the rebus of the final syllable TON in many surnames.

In the cases of these two gods we got the chiffre, and the rebus is still to seek.

Beckington's rebus (a beacon and a tun) occurs in the bosses.

The rebus of the master-mason, Hyndeley (a hind lying) occurs in the capitals.

One class was formed as were the canting arms in heraldry, that is, by a rebus.

I have solved the rebus of existence and have put on omniscience.

This rebus may be found in various places where the work was due to him.

The mode in which this is done corresponds precisely to that of the rebus.

I am trying to guess a rebus which has just appeared in 'The Iris.'

Mr. Brinton thinks the central figure in the tablet of the cross is a rebus for the nature god Quetzalcohuatl.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, from Latin rebus "by means of objects," ablative plural of res "thing, object." According to French sources, principally from the phrase de rebus quæ geruntur "of things which are going on," in reference to the satirical pieces composed by Picardy clerks at carnivals, subtle satires of current events using pictures to suggest words, phrases or things. Or it may be from the representations being non verbis sed rebus "not by words, but by things." In either case from Latin res "thing."

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