Jolly Roger

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A traditional depiction of a Jolly Roger
The Jolly Roger of the pirates Edward Low and Francis Spriggs (see the 1724 quotation)

Possibly from jolly + Roger (dialectal nickname for the Devil).[1]

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Jolly Roger (plural Jolly Rogers)

  1. The traditional flag used on European and American pirate ships, often pictured as a white skull and crossbones on a black field; the blackjack. [from early 18th c.]
    Synonym: Roger

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