1.a sign, mark, token, Hom., etc.; the star on a horse's forehead, Il.
2.a sign from heaven, an omen, portent, Hom., etc.
3.generally, a sign to do or begin something, Od.; a watchword, Eur.; a battle-sign, signal, id=Eur.
4.the sign by which a grave is known, a mound, cairn, barrow
, Lat. tumulus
, etc.:—generally, a grave, tomb
by which any one's identity was certified: the σήματα λυγρά
of Bellerophon were pictorial
, not written, tokens
:— the mark
on the lot of Ajax, id=Il.
: the device
or bearing on a shield
; the seal
impressed on a letter, Soph.
6.a constellation, Il., Eur.