Lengua inglesa
1 a thing that represents or stands for another, usually something concrete or material representing an idea or emotion, eg the colour red representing danger.
2 a letter or sign used to represent a quantity, idea, object, operation, etc, such as the × used in mathematics to represent the multiplication process or £ used for pound sterling.
3 psychol an object or action which represents an unconscious or repressed conflict.
[16c in senses 1 and 2; 15c, meaning -creed-, -statement of doctrine-: from Greek symbolon token]
symbolic or symbolical adjective
1 being a symbol of something; representing or standing for something.
2 relating to symbols or their use.
symbolically adverb .

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