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For another meaning of the word 'Logo', see Logo programming language.
A logo is a graphical symbol that represents a thing or idea. The word was originally an abbreviation for "logotype" but is now the generally accepted form of the term.

(In printing a logotype is a piece of type that carries more than one symbol to make a design).

Logos used for general purposes include:

  • the skull-and-crossbones poison symbol (Unicode U+2620, ☠)
  • the three-bladed radiation symbol (Unicode U+2622, ☢)
  • the six-horned biohazard symbol (Unicode U+2623, ☣)
  • the 'i' symbol for information points (Unicode U+2139, ℹ)
  • the 'man' and 'woman' symbols used to denote toilets (Unicode U+2642 and U+2640, ♂ ♀ respectively)

Many logos represent corporations or their product brands. These logos are generally trademarks.

Famous commercial logos include:

  • the Coca Cola name written in its distinctive curving lettering
  • the Nike 'Swoosh'

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