The Commens Dictionary
Quote from ‘New Elements (Kaina stoiceia)’
Of signs there are two different degenerate forms. But though I give them this disparaging name, they are of the greatest utility, and serve purposes that genuine signs could not. The more degenerate of the two forms (as I look upon it) is the icon. This is defined as a sign of which the character that fits it to become a sign of the sort that it is, is simply inherent in it as a quality of it.[—]
An icon is a sign fit to be used as such because it possesses the quality signified.