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Pimbley's Dictionary of Heraldry: U

Heraldic Terms from Ulster Badge to Urved


Ulster Badge - The badge of the province of Ulster, Ireland - a sinister hand, couped at the wrist apaume gules. ("A bloody hand"}. This was assigned by James I as the badge to the baronets who were to colonize Ulster. It is now borne by all baronets of England and Ireland.

Ulster King-at Arms - The chief heraldic officer for Ireland. The office was created by Edward VI in 1552.

Unde - (un'-dy) Waving or wavy. This term is applied to ordinaries or lines of division. (Also written undy; the French call it onde.)

Undy - The same as UNDE.

Unescutcheoned - (-es-kuch'-und) Without an escutcheon; without a coat of arms.

    "To his loved cemetery, here to lodge,
    With unescutcheoned privacy interred."

Ungued - [See UNGLUED.]

Unglued - Having hoofs of a tincture different from that of the body. (Said of a horse, stag, etc.)

Unicorn - (u'ni-korn) A fabulous animal, with the head, neck and body of a horse, a beard like that of a goat, the legs of a buck, the tail of a lion, and a long tapering horn, spirally twisted, in the middle of the forehead. The royal arms of Scotland had unicorns for supporters until the union with England, in 1603. The sinister supporter of the present arms of Great Britain is, "A unicorn argent, armed, crined and unglued or, gorged with a coronet of crosses patee and fleur-de-lis, with a chain affixed passing between the fore legs and reflected over the back of the last."

Unicorn - One of the pursuivants of the Lord Lyon's Court, Scotland.

Unifoil - A plant with only one leaf.

Urdee - (ur'-dey) Pointed. The cross urdee is an ordinary cross with the ends drawn to a sharp point instead of being cut straight.

Urinant - (ur'-in-ant) The opposite of haurient. The term is applied to the dolphin or other fish when represented with the head downward and the tail erect.

Urvant - (ur'-vant) Turned or bowed upward.

Urved - [See URVANT.]

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