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U+2642, ♂
MALE SIGN

[U+2641]
Miscellaneous Symbols
[U+2643]

Translingual[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The circle and arrow represent the shield and spear, respectively, of the Ancient Roman god of war Mars. Previously the spear had crossed in front of the shield, and the ancient form lacked the shield altogether.[1]

Symbol[edit]

Presentations of ♂
Text
style
Emoji
style
♂︎ ♂️
Note: Character's appearance
may be different on each system.
Medieval form of the symbol, with the spear crossing the shield
  1. (biology) 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 uk.tech.broadcast, 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 ...
  2. (botany, of a flower) staminate
  3. (astronomy, astrology) Mars
  4. (alchemy, archaic) iron
  5. (botany, obsolete) biennial (the orbital period of Mars is 2 years)[2]
  6. (rare) Tuesday (refers to the Latin phrase dies Martis, which literally means "Mars's day")

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Planetary symbols
Sun symbol (fixed width).svg · Mercury symbol (fixed width).svg · Venus symbol (fixed width).svg · Earth symbol (fixed width).svgGlobus cruciger (fixed width).svg · Moon crescent symbol (fixed width).svgMoon decrescent symbol (fixed width).svg · Mars symbol (fixed width).svg · Ceres symbol (fixed width).svg · Pallas symbol (fixed width).svg · Juno symbol (fixed width).svg · Vesta symbol (fixed width).svg · Hygiea symbol (astrological, fixed width).svg · Chiron symbol (fixed width).svg · Jupiter symbol (fixed width).svg · Saturn symbol (fixed width).svg · Uranus symbol (fixed width).svgUranus monogram (fixed width).svg · Neptune symbol (fixed width).svg · Pluto symbol (fixed width).svgPluto monogram (fixed width).svg · Orcus symbol (fixed width).svg · Haumea symbol (fixed width).svg · Quaoar symbol (fixed width).svg · Makemake symbol (fixed width).svg · Gonggong symbol (fixed width).svg · Eris symbol (fixed width).svgEris arrow symbol (uncapped).svg · Sedna symbol (fixed width).svg · Comet symbol (fixed width).svg
Gender and sexuality symbols
male symbol (fixed width).svg · double Mars symbol.svg · venus symbol (fixed width).svg · Double Venus symbol.svg · male and female sign.svg · Heterosexuality symbol.svg · Pansexual symbol (fixed width).svg · Androgyny symbol (up arrow).svg · Transgender symbol.svg · Gender sign.svg · Agender symbol.svg · neuter symbol.svg · Eris arrow symbol (fixed width).svg · Rotated Venus.svg · Mercury symbol (fixed width).svg · Comet symbol (fixed width).svg


References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Alexander (1999) Astronomical Papyri from Oxyrhynchus, →ISBN, pages 62–63
  2. ^ J. Lindley (1848) An introduction to botany[1], volume 2, 4 edition, London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, page 385–386

Chinese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Japanese memes in the Gachimuchi fandom where the sign is placed between or after words to indicate erotic or homosexual things, usually for humorous effect.

Symbol[edit]

  1. (Internet slang, ACG, humorous) Added between two characters of a word or after a word to indicate its relation to homosexual. And derivedly, added to indicate a word's relation to sex.
      ―  zhé xué  ―  homosexual (without the symbol: philosophy)
      ―  jiāo   ―  sexual intercourse (without the symbol: exchange)

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