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This heraldry dictionary is based on the works of Elvin (edited by Marvin Beatty) from his original manuscript of 1879. Corrections have been made, and additions from the Armorial Gold Library have been added. You are welcome to use this heraldry dictionary as a reference tool without fee. This is copyrighted material and as such may not be reproduced in "any way" without the expressed written permission of Armorial Gold. Thank You for your Cooperation.

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Heraldry Dictionary Section U

Ullum. As in the Arms of Lake.

Ulster Badge. A shield ar., thereon a sinister hand apaumée, couped at the wrist, and erect gu. This is the Badge of a Baronet of Great Britain. See Baronet.

Uster, King of Arms. See Heralds College.

Umbraced. The same as Vambraced.

Umbrated. Shadowed. See Adumbrated.

Un cri de guerre. The War Cry, or Motto.

Undated. Same as Waved.

Undatyd. Used by Upton for undée.

Unde, Undée, or Undy. The same as Wavy.

Undulated. Wavy.

Une Devise. The Motto.

Unfructed. Slips of laurel, bay, etc., consist of three leaves; the sprig, of five leaves; and the branch, of nine leaves; if fructed, four leaves are sufficient to term it a branch.

Unglet. See Unguled.

Unguled. A term applied to the hoofs of the horse, stag, bull, goat, etc., to express that they are of a different tincture from that of the body of the animal.

Unicorn. An imaginary animal, represented as having the head, neck and body of a horse, the legs of a buck, the tail of a lion, and a long straight horn growing out of the middle of the forehead. It is well known as the sinister supporter of the present Royal Arms.

Unifoil. A plant with a single leaf, like a leaf of the trefoil.

Union Flag. The National Ensign of Great Britain, commonly called the Jack, or Union Jack. In this Union-Flag we have three crosses, viz., that of St. George for England, of St. Andrew for Scotland, and St. Patrick for Ireland; properly combined according to the rules of heraldry, as follows: On a field az., the cross saltier of St. Andrew ar., surmounted by that of St. Patrick, gu., over all the red cross of St. George, fimbriated of the second.

Union, Cross of the. This form was settled as the badge of the Union between England and Scotland, and is blazoned az., a saltire ar. surmounted of a cross gu. edged of the second.

Universities, Arms of. See Arms of Community.

Upon, or Above Another. Lying upon it. Also the placing of Arms in pale.

Upright. Erect. Applied to all shellfish instead of haurient, and to reptiles instead of rampant.

Upsilon. The Greek Y, borne by the name of Clark. Westenius, de linguâ Græcâ, tells us that Pythagoras invented the Y of the original alphabet, as a representation of the path of life. The foot is said to represent infancy, the two forks, two paths, tho one leading to good, the other to evil.

Uranus, or Georgium Sidus. An astronomical sign.

Urchin. See Hedgehog.

Urde. According to Randle Holme, is the singular of Urdee, and implies one projection, as per bend urde.

Urinant. Diving. Applied to fish with the head downwards.

Urle. See Orle.

Urn. A vessel, usually largest in the middle.

Urus's Head. A bull's head.

Urvant or Urved. Turned, or bowed upwards.

 

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