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Dictionary of Vexillology: M (Meal Pennant - Meteor Flag)
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- MEAL PENNANT
- 1) See ‘dinner flag’.
- 2) In US usage the practice, almost certainly obsolete, of flying a red triangular
pennant from the port yardarm (or spreader) of a pleasure vessel when the crew are at
meals – a crew’s meal pennant (see also
‘guest on board flag’,
‘owner absent flag’
Meal Pennant, US (fotw)
- 1) See ‘battle efficiency pennant’.
2) In US usage, now obsolete, a colloquial (and possibly derogatory) term for the national
roundel of Japan see ‘roundel 1)’ (also ‘hinomaru’).
Battle Efficiency Pennant (CS); National Roundel of Japan (fotw)
- See ‘meridian’.
- See ‘dimidiated’.
Arms and Flag of Dobrodzień, Poland (fotw)
- The heraldic term used when the legs of a bird are of a different tincture from that of its
body (see also ‘armed 2)’,
‘armed and langued’,
Flag and Arms of Białe Błota, Poland (fotw); Flag of
Neuchâtel, Switzerland (fotw);
Flag of Bergenhusen, Germany (fotw); Flag of
Doppleschwand, Switzerland (fotw)
- MEMORIAL FLAG
- 1) In largely (but not exclusively) US usage, a small national flag (affixed to a short staff)
which, on specified memorial occasions, is implanted on the graves at military cemeteries – a
grave decoration flag.
- 2) A flag designed to memorialize one or more persons, or to express sympathy for people in a
specific situation. Such flags may or may not be officially recognized, and are sometimes created
by adding symbols or wording to a national or other recognized flag.
- 3) See ‘commemorative flag’.
POW-MIA Flag, US and Canada (fotw)
9/11 Memorial Flags, US (fotw and Dave Martucci)
- A seven-branch candlestick that is symbolic of Judaism, and is featured on the
national arms, the Presidential Standards and some other flags of Israel (see also
‘Magen David’ and
Presidential Standards and
National Arms, Israel (fotw)
- MERCHANT ENSIGN
- See ‘civil ensign’ under ‘ensign’.
Merchant/Civil Ensign of Saudi Arabia (fotw)
- MERCHANT FLAG
- An alternative term, now largely obsolete, for the civil ensign -see ‘civil
ensign’ under ‘ensign’ (also ‘ensign, the’).
Spain 1785 – 1927 (fotw)
- MERCHANT MARK
- The term, now obsolete, for the symbol of either identity or profession used by the non-armigerous – but see
‘house mark’ (also ‘armigerous’).
- MERCHANT JACK
- An alternative term, now largely obsolete, for the civil jack (see ‘civil
jack’ under ‘jack’).
Merchant Jack of the Royal Africa Co., England/UK 1672 – 1752 (fotw)
- MERCHANT PENDANT (or PENNANT)
- In Habsburg Imperial usage, now obsolete, a term that may be used for the masthead
pennant when flown from a merchant vessel between 1786 and 1804, and identical to that
flown by contemporary and later warships - see
‘masthead pennant’ (also
‘pennant 2)’ and
Merchant Pendant, Habsburg Empire 1786 – 1806, Masthead Pendant, Habsburg Empire
1786 – 1848 plus Austria-Hungary 1848 – 1918, Austria 1936 – 1938 and from 1976 (fame)
Please note that in European usage, as far as is known, only the Habsburg Empire
ever permitted merchant vessels to legally fly a masthead pennant of this type.
- MERCHANT SHIP PENDANT (or PENNANT)
- A term for those masthead pennants, now obsolete, that were flown by Brazilian
merchant vessels in the 19th Century to show in which province they were registered –
but see ‘registration flags’ (also ‘pendant’ and ‘pennant 2)’).
Merchant Ship Pendants: Rio Grande do Sul and
Pernambuco, Brazil (fotw.
- An imaginary line drawn (either vertically or horizontally) through the centre
of a flag – the median - a vertical or horizontal meridian/median.
- See ‘martlet’.
Flag of Izegem, Belgium (fotw)
- See ‘or’, ‘argent’ and Appendix III.
From left; Argent and Or
- METEOR FLAG (or ENSIGN)
- In largely (but not exclusively) US usage now obsolete, an alternative term for
the British red ensign – see ‘red ensign 1)’.
British Red Ensign (fotw)
Please note that there is some doubt as to whether, when first coined (in it is
suggested 1801), the term “British Meteor Flag” referred to the red ensign, or to the
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