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It can be seen as body tattoos or written on the cake hanging in the neck of pretty girls serving beer, for example at Oktoberfest. See pictures here.

My guess would be that Hex refers to witch (Hexe), although I am not quite sure what happened to the -e, perhaps it's simply dropped (like in ich hab).

What does the adjective mean?

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Kloane Hex

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Kleine Hexe

in bavarian German.

It is used in parts of Austria as well (according to comment in southern parts of Lower-Austria).

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It's Bavarian, not Austrian. In Austria "klane Hex" (without o between k and a) is more common. You also find "klans Hexi", "klanes Hexi" and "klan(e)s Hexerl". - It all means "little witch" and is a pet name for young girls and young ladies. –  Hubert Schölnast Sep 9 '12 at 13:57
    
@HubertSchölnast Thanks for the addition. –  Baz Sep 9 '12 at 13:58
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@HubertSchölnast: Austrian German is a Bavarian language. I'd say there is not much difference between kloan and klaan from a linguistic view. –  Takkat Sep 9 '12 at 14:41
    
+1 and thanks. Had a good laugh :) –  Ali Sep 9 '12 at 15:26
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I've heard the use of "kloane" also in Styria, Burgenland and the southern parts of Lower-Austria. So the assumption that this term is not used in Austria (as opposed to only in Bavaria) being wrong, is wrong. It's just not used in all of Austria. –  MacLemon Sep 29 '12 at 17:17
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