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  1. the tincture red.
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  1. of the tincture red: a lion gules.
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Origin of gules

1300–50; Middle English goules < Old French gueules red fur neckpiece, derivative of gole throat < Latin gula
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adjective, noun (usually postpositive)
  1. heraldry red
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Word Origin for gules

C14: from Old French gueules red fur worn around the neck, from gole throat, from Latin gula gullet
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Word Origin and History for gules

"red," in heraldic descriptions, c.1300, from Old French goules "neckpiece of (red) fur," plural of gole, guele "throat," from Latin gula "throat" (see gullet).

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