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[bot-n-ey, bot-n-ey]
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adjective Heraldry.
  1. (of a cross) having arms terminating in the form of a trefoil: cross botonée.
Also bot·on·née, bot·o·ny, bot·on·ny [bot-n-ee] /ˈbɒt n i/.

Origin of botonée

1565–75; < Middle French: covered with buds, equivalent to boton bud, button + -ée; see -ee
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Word Origin and History for botony


1570s, in heraldry, from Old French botoné (Modern French boutonné) "covered with buds," past participle of boutonner "to bud," from bouton "bud, button," 12c., from a Germanic source.

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