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armes parlantes

/French arm parlɑ̃t/
plural noun
(heraldry) arms using devices to illustrate the name of the bearers, such as a rose and a wall to illustrate the name Rosewall
Word Origin
literally: speaking arms
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  • The Starckens of the Island of Oesel also use the like as armes parlantes; the field in this case is or.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

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