Definition of emblem from the Webster-Merriam Dictionary:

1 : a picture with a motto or set of verses intended as a moral lesson.

2 : an object or the figure of an object symbolizing and suggesting another object or an idea.

3a : a symbolic object used as a heraldic device. b : a device, symbol, or figure adopted and used as an identifying mark.

Origin:  Late 16th century (as a verb): from Latin emblema ‘inlaid work, raised ornament’, from Greek emblēma ‘insertion’, from emballein ‘throw in, insert’, from em– ‘in’ + ballein ‘to throw’.

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