Meaning: A pair of lenses set into a frame and worn over your eyes, used to correct faulty vision or protect the eyes.
Pronunciation/articulation: Dominant "G" -> "20" strokes backward twice near the temple of the head.
Formal citation. Although, either one-handed and two-handed "EYEGLASSES" is used in everyday.
Pronunciation/articulation: Two-handed "G" -> "20" stroke backward twice near the temples of the head.
Variation. More likely referred to old glasses or large frames and lens.
Sign description: Dominant "baby-C" handshape taps twice near the eye.
Either one-handed (casual) or two-handed sign is used (formal citation).
Sign description: Two-handed "baby-C" tap twice near the eyes.
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