A picture of an eye followed by an L followed by an ampersand is a rebus for “island”
An example of a rebus is when you are given the word: "T_RN" and need to guess a phrase from this (the phrase to guess is "No U Turn.").
Origin of rebus
- From Latin rēbus ablative pl. of rēs thing rē- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French rÃ©bus, from Latin rebus (ablative plural of res "˜thing'), as taken from the phrase de rebus quae geruntur "˜concerning the things that are taking place', used in sixteenth-century Picardie as the name for satirical pieces containing picture-riddles.