yin-yang symbol

\ ˈyin-ˌyäŋ- How to pronounce yin-yang symbol (audio) , -ˌyaŋ- \
variants: or less commonly yinyang symbol

Definition of yin-yang symbol

: a graphic symbol of Chinese origin that has the form of a circle divided evenly into two symmetrical teardrop shapes representing yin and yang

Note: One of the teardrop shapes in a yin-yang symbol is dark (usually black) and the other is light (usually white), with each containing a small circle of the other color.

Examples of yin-yang symbol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Surveillance video showed a tattoo of a yin-yang symbol on the left hand of the man who robbed the bank. Christopher Roth, azcentral, 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of yin-yang symbol

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Yin-yang symbol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yin-yang%20symbol. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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