This sign appears in
genealogy and indicates that a person is married. Its basic meaning is
intimate relation. It is related to the graphic symbolism of astrology
where represents the individual spirit or
human being. The much more modern signs and
have the same basic meaning, but also indicate the
sex of the two intimately related persons.
The Nsibidi people in Africa use to indicate a married couple. Note that the main part of this ideogram is composed of the common part of two joined circles.
Compare with , unmarried, and , divorced, both genealogical signs.
In the French hobo or gypsy sign system this entry means insist here, they will give. In the Swedish system of hobo signs this entry means here there is nothing to be afraid of, go on begging. In the British system it recommends the tramp to tell a moving story. And in the US system (according to Dreyfuss) it means here police treat tramps roughly. If this is correct, the American hobos probably perceive as a pictorial sign for handcuffs.
In eighteenth century chemistry was sometimes used for oleum empyreumaticum. According to Diderot's Encyclopedia means sugar.
Compare with in Group 19.