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The word chevron [shev-ruhn] originates from 14th century French and translates to ‘rafter.’ A chevron is a v-shaped mark so called because it looks like rafters of a shallow roof.

It is also the punctuation mark seen in Chinese, Korean and Japanese languages (︾), used to enclose vertically-written titles, acting as quotation mark; a V-shaped pattern in insignia, heraldry, flag design, road signs, architecture and construction; a wedge-shaped sediment deposit composed of material displaced from the ocean floor onto land by a tsunami.

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