This page lists all the various symbols in the Miscellaneous category.
Symbols without any special category attribution but that are widely used worldwide.
Symbols in this category:
Prior to the arrival of Europeans in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, the Aztecs were the mightiest civilization ever seen in the Americas. While much of their culture was destroyed, lost and/or repressed in the succeeding centuries, a few remnants, such as the famous Sun Stone, survived to bear witness to an empire that spanned much of modern-day Mexico and spawned some of the greatest technological feats the Americas had ever seen.
A dagger, or obelisk, U+2020 † dagger (HTML: † †), is a typographical symbol or glyph. The term "obelisk" derives from Greek ὀβελίσκος (obeliskos), which means "little obelus"; from Ancient Greek: ὀβελός (obelos) meaning "roasting spit". It was originally represented by the ÷ symbol and was first used by the Ancient Greek scholars as critical marks in manuscripts.
A double dagger or diesis, U+2021 ‡ double dagger (HTML: ‡ ‡), is a variant with two handles.
The Darwin fish is an ichthys symbol with "evolved" legs and feet attached and often with the word Darwin inside (like the ΙΧΘΥΣ or Jesus found in some Christian versions). It symbolizes the scientific theory of evolution, for which Charles Darwin laid the foundation, in contrast with Creationism, which is often associated with Christianity. The Darwin fish bears a stylized resemblance to Ichthyostega, which is a major example of a transitional fossil. Related to the Darwin fish is a fish with legs, the word 'evolve', and a hand that is holding a wrench.
The fleur-de-lis or fleur-de-lys (plural: fleurs-de-lis) is a stylized lily (in French, fleur means flower, and lis means lily) or iris that is used as a decorative design or symbol. It may be "at one and the same time, religious, political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic, and symbolic", especially in French heraldry. It is represented in Unicode at U+269C (⚜) in the Miscellaneous Symbols block.
Originating from a single quarry in the Eastern Desert of Egypt, this purple-colored stone has been prized by Mediterranean civilizations for thousands of years. Aside from being used to carve objects and statutes of all descriptions, this substance formed the pillar, literally, of one of humanity’s greatest cultural empires.
The International Symbol of Access (ISA), also known as the (International) Wheelchair Symbol, consists of a blue square overlaid in white with a stylized image of a person using a wheelchair. It is maintained as an international standard, ISO 7001, and a copyrighted image of the International Commission on Technology and Accessibility (ICTA), a committee of Rehabilitation International. It was designed by Susanne Koefoed in 1968. The design was modified by Karl Montan. Taking the original copy of the design, he added a circle to the top of the seated figure, thus giving it a head.
In terms of environmentalism and conservation, ivory is a highly charged symbol, representing the effect that human activity can have on the natural world. In terms of cultural symbolism, ivory also has a very prominent place, and some of those cultural meanings in turn effect its position in the conservation movement.
In purely monetary terms, jade can sometimes fall short of the high value placed on more desirable stones such as diamonds and rubies. On the other hand, when it comes to symbolic meaning, a rich history and holding a revered place in diverse cultures, the readings for jade can truly shoot off the charts.
The lauburu or Basque cross has four comma-shaped heads. It can be constructed with a compass and straightedge, beginning with the formation of a square template; each head can be drawn from a neighboring vertex of this template with two compass settings, with one radius half the length of the other.
A lozenge (◊), often referred to as a diamond, is a form of rhombus. The definition of lozenge is not strictly fixed, and it is sometimes used simply as a synonym (from the French losange) for rhombus. Most often, though, lozenge refers to a thin rhombus—a rhombus with acute angles of 45°. The lozenge shape is often used in parquetry and as decoration on ceramics, silverware and textiles. It also features in heraldry and playing cards.
Obsidian is one of nature’s more curious products. Smooth to the touch, it can hold a razor sharp edge, but at the same time crack and flake under less pressure than most other stones. Nonetheless, obsidian has a very long history of use by humans, and as such possesses a number of important symbolic associations.
Opal is one of the “oddballs” of the gemstone family. Composed primarily of hardened silica, its water content- up to ten percent or more- is much higher than most crystalline gems. This makes the stones fairly fragile and can cause them to crack easily. On the other hand, the high water content and delicate silica structure- which causes the opal’s characteristic rainbow coloring- are both key components to understanding the stone’s symbolic meaning.
When describing a pearl, using the word “gemstone” can seem slightly awkward, since pearls are not technically 'stones' in the way many other gems are. In terms of symbolic importance, however, these beauties are often accorded high status, on par with and sometimes surpassing their crystalline brethren.
Compared to most of its gemstone cousins, quartz is not particularly valuable. Rarity is a significant factor in the monetary worth of many gemstones, and as one of the most abundant materials in the Earth’s crust, quartz doesn’t quite measure up in this regard. On the other hand, quartz is still a rather fascinating stone in its own right, both in terms of physical nature and symbolic importance.
When it comes to natural phenomena, there are few things more intangible (for lack of a better term) than rainbows: you can’t pick them up in your hand like a rock; you can’t hear them like a thunderclap or a strong wind; you can’t feel them on your skin like rain; and you can’t remove things from them like fruit off a tree. Nonetheless, the rainbow is one of the most ubiquitous natural phenomena known to humanity. Artists have painted them, poets have written about them, and nearly every culture has assigned them powerful symbolic meanings, no matter where on the planet those cultures were located.
The sign of the horns is a hand gesture with a variety of meanings and uses in various cultures. It is most commonly used in Italy and the Mediterranean either for superstitious purposes or as an offensive gesture. It is formed by extending the index and little fingers while holding the middle and ring fingers down with the thumb.
The Square and Compasses (or, more correctly, a square and a set of compasses joined together) is the single most identifiable symbol of Freemasonry. Both the square and compasses are architect's tools and are used in Masonic ritual as emblems to teach symbolic lessons.
The Superman shield, also known as the Superman logo, is the iconic emblem for the fictional DC Comics superhero Superman. As a representation of one of the first superheros, it served as a template for character design decades after Superman's first appearance. The tradition of wearing a representative symbol on the chest was mimicked by many subsequent superheroes, including Batman, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Green Lantern, the Flash, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, and many others.
The Symbol of Chaos originates from Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion stories. In them, the Symbol of Chaos comprises eight arrows in a radial pattern. In contrast, the symbol of Law is a single upright arrow. It is also called the Arms of Chaos, the Arrows of Chaos, the Chaos Star, the Chaos Cross, or the Symbol of Eight.
The Olympic symbols are icons, flags and symbols used by the International Olympic Committee to promote the Olympic Games. Some - such as the flame, fanfare, and theme - are more common during Olympic competition, but others, such as the flag, can be seen throughout the year.
Ever since it burst onto the scene of New York City’s Broadway theatre district in the 1980’s, The Phantom of the Opera has become a global sensation of epic proportions, and its iconic white mask has become one of the most recognizable symbols in the world of preforming arts.
The tilde (/ˈtɪldə/, /ˈtɪldi/; ˜ or ~ or "Squiggly" ) is a grapheme with several uses. The name of the character comes from Portuguese and Spanish, from the Latin titulus meaning "title" or "superscription", though the term "tilde" has evolved and now has a different meaning in linguistics. Some may refer to it as a "flourish".
The V sign (U+270C ✌ victory hand in Unicode) is a hand gesture in which the index and middle fingers are raised and parted, while the other fingers are clenched. It has various meanings, depending on the cultural context and how it is presented. It is most commonly used to represent the letter "V" as in "victory," especially by Allied troops during World War II. It is also used by people of the United Kingdom and related cultures as an offensive gesture (when displayed with the palm inward); and by many others simply to signal the number 2. Since the 1960s, when the "V sign" was widely adopted by the counterculture movement, it has come to be used as a symbol of peace (usually with palm outward).
A Bronze Age (roughly 800 B.C.E.) symbol carved on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). One possible interpretation of this family of symbols ('Val Camonica' and 'Val Camonica #3') is of stylized human beings, but no contextual information is known at this time.
A Bronze Age (roughly 800 B.C.E.) symbol carved on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). One possible interpretation of this family of symbols ('Val Camonica' and 'Val Camonica #2') is of stylized human beings, but no contextual information is known at this time.