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Mars symbol.svg
U+2642, ♂

Miscellaneous Symbols


♂︎ ♂️
Note: Character's appearance
may be different on each system.


The circle and arrow represent the shield and spear, respectively, of the Ancient Roman god of war Mars.[1]


  1. Male.
    • 1961 August 17, New Scientist, volume 11, number 248 (in English), Reed Business Information, ISSN 0262-4079, page 413:
      In his Mantissa Plantarum (1767) and Mantissa Plantarum altera (1771), [Linnaeus] regularly used , ♀ and ☿ for male, female and hermaphrodite flowers respectively.
    • 1990, Charles S. Churcher, “Cranial Appendages of Giraffoidea”, George A. Bubenik, Anthony B. Bubenik, Horns, Pronghorns, and Antlers: Evolution, Morphology, Physiology, and Social Significance, New York: Springer-Verlag, →ISBN, chapter 1.5, page 183:
      Figure 2. Ossicones, secondary ossification, and sinuses of Giraffa: A Lateral aspect of skull showing courses of veins, areas of dense ossification (heavily stippled) and lesser secondary ossification (lightly stippled), and outlines of skull roofs of male () and female (♀) adults. (After Spinage 1968b.)
    • 2015 July 6, Andy Burns, “Re: C4 last leg”, in, Usenet[2] (in English):
      I was quite surprised that a few of my friends found the male (mars) and female ♀ (venus) symbols on toilets in pubs/bars confusing ...
    1. (botany, of a flower) Staminate.
  2. (astronomy, astrology) Mars.
  3. (alchemy) Iron.
  4. Tuesday


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  1. ^ “Solar System Symbols”, in Solar System Exploration[1], NASA and the Planetary Institute, January 30, 2018, retrieved November 3, 2019: “The symbol for Mars represents the shield and spear of the god of war, Mars; it is also the male or masculine symbol.”