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Glossary

label

label

The label, a charge specific to heraldry, was a band on the top of the shield from which three points descended. It is used as a temporary mark of cadency for the eldest son during his father's lifetime.

laurel branch

The laurel branch, along with those of the palm and the olive tree, is one of the frequently-occurring partial vegetal devices in heraldry. Because it was evergreen, the laurel branch was held to symbolize purity, virtue and integrity.

laurel branch / leaves

Along with the laurel crown or wreath, the leaves and branches of this tree occurred frequently as charges. Commonly emblazoned as bay-leaves, these leaves suggested peace and gentleness.

lines of division / partition

lines of division / partition

Lines of division or partition are those lines employed by heralds to part the shield into different areas. While these lines are traditionally straight, they may also be found in different styles (eg. wavy, nebuly, etc.).

lion

lion

The lion is one of the great royal charges. It is used on the coats of arms for Britain as a supporter, but it has appeared in many other forms, such as the badge for the Cameroonian football team, Les Lions, which shows a stylized gold lion's-head outline on a coat of arms with the team colors of green, red and gold. It was the original heraldic beast and early French heraldry insisted on showing the lion rampant to distinguish it from the leopard, which was always passant. As a supporter, the lion sometimes appears as a monster - winged, crossed with a tiger, with a fish's tail or a man's face, or with only its upper half or head. The lion often appeared in ancient myths as as a mighty adversary whose defeat proved a Hero's might. Samson slew a lion in the Book of Judges and Hercules slew the Nemean Lion, a semi-divine monster, as one of his labors. In echo of these myths, King Richard I of England reputedly won his cognomen, "Lion-Heart" by slaying a lion with his bare hands and eating its heart. The lion represents courage, justice and majesty.

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lozenge

lozenge

The lozenge is another of the commonly-used ordinaries, and appears in the form of a diamond shape on a shield. It rarely appears alone on a shield, and symbolizes honesty, constancy, and nobility.

lozengy

lozengy

Similary to the `chequy', the field `lozengy' is created through the combination of diagonal stripes, starting from the dexter side - bendwise lines - and from the sinister side - bendwise-sinister lines. The result is a field patterned with lozenge-like diamond-shaped figures of alternating colours and metals.

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