One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A design usually in the shape of a star, wheel, or rosette on a circular field. Formerly, hex signs were painted on barns, especially by the Pennsylvania Dutch, and were thought to ward off evil.
- ‘The silk screening process has made hex signs more readily available throughout the world.’
- ‘In the winter of 1999 she received a phone call out of the blue from someone looking for an artist to paint a custom hex sign for a new barn.’
- ‘The hex signs are also painted on candles; household goods such as kitchen utensils and racks; and on wooden and metal disks which can be hung in windows.’
- ‘Pages of colorful hex signs will help you recognize and appreciate their beauty.’
- ‘The dark oak bar was decorated with green-striped squashes; tulip hex signs lined the shelves.’
- ‘Feathers are cut to make quill pens that the students will write with, and hex signs are painted in the style of these traditional barn designs.’
- ‘When new, the facade of the chest sometimes resembled a patchwork quilt; others were decorated with beautiful circular designs that resembled mandalas or so-called hex signs painted on barns in Pennsylvania.’
- ‘Created as a hex sign by the Amish, this potent talisman traditionally attracts Serenity and Inner Strength.’
- ‘These are beautiful examples of hex signs that appear on barns in southeastern Pennsylvania.’
- ‘This religious difference helps explain why hex signs are not found everywhere in southeastern Pennsylvania.’
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