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1Heraldry. A charge in the form of a broad barbed arrowhead. Compare "broad arrow", pheon. Now rare.
2A mark resembling a broad arrowhead, specifically (in later use) one with the point upwards, used to identify English (later British) royal or government property.
3Literal. An arrowhead which is broad and typically barbed. Now chiefly historical.
4Figurative. Any shape, pattern, impression, etc., resembling this; a broad V-shape.
Late Middle English. From broad + arrowhead.
broad arrowhead/ˌbrɔːd ˈarə(ʊ)hɛd/
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