bixen = B = black art

bixie /bik'see/ n.

Variant emoticons used on BIX (the BIX Information eXchange). The most common (smiley) bixie is <@_@>, representing two cartoon eyes and a mouth. These were originally invented in an SF fanzine called APA-L and imported to BIX by one of the earliest users.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

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