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(in India) a mark, usually on the forehead, symbolizing and identifying caste membership.
a distinctive trait, associated with a group or class and marking a person as a member.
Historical Examples

On top of his head was an oblong of bare-shaven skull—some caste-mark apparently.
Cupid in Africa P. C. Wren

This is their caste-mark, the ark of their covenant, their reason for being what they are.
Letters of Travel (1892-1913) Rudyard Kipling

It smote the offender between the eyebrows, leaving a caste-mark of warm ash to attest the accuracy of his aim.
Far to Seek Maud Diver

“They say the caste-mark in his forehead is a real diamond,” remarked the Barrister.
The Pointing Man Marjorie Douie

caste-mark, stomach, slate-colored continuations, and unctuous speech were all gone.
The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition Rudyard Kipling

Leaning forward, she took his head in her hands and kissed him between his eyebrows where the caste-mark should be.
Far to Seek Maud Diver


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