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emoticon

noun [C] uk   /ɪˈməʊ.tɪ.kɒn/ us    /ɪˈmoʊ.t̬ɪ.kɑːn/ ( also smiley)
an image made up of symbols such as punctuation marks, used in text messages, emails, etc. to express a particular emotion
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