Part of speech: noun

A pictorial riddle.

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Usage examples "rebus":

  1. But Calvin, though he boasts him " easy and flexible in mediis rebus, such as external rites," is decidedly in favour of the Puritans. - "John Knox and the Reformation", Andrew Lang.
  2. His dessert was served on a plate with a pictorial pattern; he recognized it and remembered that Francine had spent half an hour in guessing the rebus painted on it, and recollected, too, a song sung by her when inspired by the violet hued wine which does not cost much and has more gaiety in it than grapes. - "Bohemians of the Latin Quarter", Henry Murger.
  3. A. Poema anglosaxonicum de rebus gestis Danorum ... - "Beowulf An Introduction to the Study of the Poem with a Discussion of the Stories of Offa and Finn", R. W. Chambers.