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[mas-kuh l]
noun Heraldry.
  1. a lozenge represented as having a lozenge-shaped hole at the center.
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Origin of mascle

1300–50; Middle English, derivative of mask (now dial.), variant of mesh; see -le
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Examples from the Web for mascle

Historical Examples

  • The Mascle, too, rises there; I have heard four or five springs mentioned, I fancy.'

    Abbe Mouret's Transgression

    Emile Zola

  • If you don't want any one to see you, we will go along by the Mascle.

  • The mascle is afterwards explained to be the lozenge pierced.

  • In the early days of Heraldry the Lozenge and the Mascle were evidently held to be identical.

British Dictionary definitions for mascle


  1. heraldry a charge consisting of a lozenge with a lozenge-shaped hole in the middleAlso called: voided lozenge
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French macle, perhaps from Latin macula spot
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