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Red heart surrounded by cream background.

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The heart shaped symbol has been used to represent love for centuries. The shape may have originated in ancient North Africa, where the seedpod of the now-extinct plant silphium was heart-shaped and was commonly taken as a form of birth control. Another theory says the heart shape was drawn in the Middle Ages based on written descriptions of the human heart by Aristotle. In either case, the heart shape is now used around the globe, especially in red and pink colors, to express love.


Andrews, E. (2019, January 3). What is the origin of the heart symbol?. History.

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