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The cock appears more frequently as a crest than as a charge, and is usually depicted as a gamecock. Due to its pugnacity and the determination it shows in defeating its enemies, it symbolizes vigilance, watchfulness and courage. It was also seen as a symbol of generosity and conjugal love.
In Christianity, the cock is a symbol of prophecy; more specifically, of Christ's prophecy the night before his crucifixion in the garden of Gethsemane that Saint Peter would deny him three times before the cock's crow.
Due to its early-morning "cock-a-doodle-doo!"s announcing the break of day, the cock is a symbol of vigilance and watchfulness. A cock also crows to define his territory, defending the hens and eggs within it.
With a naturally confrontational temperament, the cock is regarded as a symbol of battle, the warrior spirit, and "fighting the good fight." Indeed, if two cocks are put together, they almost always fight!