- ROD OF ASCLEPIUS
- See ‘Staff of Asclepius’.
Flag and Emblem of the 52nd Field Ambulance, Canada (fotw)
- ROD OF HERMES (or MERCURY)
- See ‘caduceus’.
Flag of Holwerd, Netherlands (fotw)
- In Middle European heraldic usage, the Polish term for a charge in the form of a stylized
arrowhead or spear point, often with a decorated shaft and generally (but not invariably) pointing
upward (see also ‘arrow cross’,
Ceremonial Flag and Arms of
Cieszków, Poland (fotw); Flag
and Arms of
Baranów, Poland (fotw):
Arms and Flag of Ropczyce-Sedziszow, Poland (fotw)
- ROPE GROMMET
- In naval heraldry the rope decoration that often surrounds a ship’s badge
– traditionally but incorrectly referred to as a ship’s crest – see ‘ship’s crest’
(also ‘badge 3)’ and ‘ropework border’).
Badge of HMS Warspite, Launched 1913 (Wikipedia); Badge of HMS Dartmouth, Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth (Wikipedia)
- ROPED CROSS
- 1) A cross of any type, but one whose arms appear fastened together with rope – a cable,
cabled or corded cross (see also ‘cross 2)’).
2) The term may also be used to describe a cross that is made entirely from rope, cord or
Flag and Arms of Svatý Jan pod Skalou, Czech Republic (fotw)
- ROPED HEADING
- See ‘running eye and toggle’.
- ROPEWORK BORDER
- A term used to describe the border of those shields that appear on the Italian civil and naval ensigns -
see ‘civil ensign’ and ‘naval ensign’ under ‘ensign’
(also ‘rope grommet’ and ‘tricolore, la’).
Naval Ensign and Arms, plus
Civil Ensign Italy (fotw and wiki)
- In Norwegian heraldic usage an alternative term to in annulo - see ‘inannulo’.
Flag and Arms of Selbu, Norway (fotw); Flag and Arms of
Tingvoll, Norway (Tomislav Šipek)
- The term used when an emblem, badge, set of armorial bearings or any part thereof is
turned so that it appears upright in a flag intended for vertical (or occasionally oblique)
display - but see
‘design for slanted display’
(also ‘armorial bearings’,
Flags for Horizontal and Vertical Display, Montserrat (fotw and CS); Flags for Horizontal and Vertical Display,
Vietnam (fotw and CS)
- ROTATED SQUARE
- See ‘square lozenge’.
Flag of Tremelo, Belgium (fotw)
- ROTATIONAL POSITION
- See ‘radial orientation’.
Flag of Johore, Malaysia (fotw)
- ROUND-BOTTOMED SHIELD
- 1) See ‘Spanish-style shield’.
2) The term may also be used for a shield whose base is semi-circular but whose sides are not parallel.
Arms of Braga, Portugal (fotw); Arms of
Čebín, Czech Republic (fotw)
- ROUNDED CROSS
- A form of the cross pattée in which the outer ends are in the form of a
convex arc (as if the charge was created from a circle) – an orbicular cross,
a Cross of the Portuguese Knights Templar, a Templar Cross, a cross pattée/formy rounded or a consecration cross – see
Flag of Agistri, Greece (fotw); Arms and Flag of
Pacos de Ferreira, Portugal (ICH and fotw); Arms and Flag of Outeiro Major, Portugal (Sérgio Horta)
- ROUNDED FLY
- See ‘lanceolate’
Flag of Leśna, Poland (fotw)
- ROUNDED SWALLOWTAIL
- 1) See ‘descate’.
- 2) A variation of the swallow-tail in which the cut in the fly of the flag
is shaped by a single curve – but see ‘hussar cut’ (also ‘swallow-tail(ed)’).
Guidon of the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch, UK (fotw)); Guidon of the
2nd Dragoon Regiment, Prussia c1740 (Klaus-Michael Schneider)
- 1) A circular emblem of nationality employed on the fuselage and wings of military aircraft and
on some Air Force flags - generally (but not exclusively) consisting of concentric rings
of the national colours and based on the cockade (see also
‘fin flash’ and
‘national colours 2’).
See supplemental note
- 2) See ‘fuselage markings 1)’ and
‘wing marking(s) 1)’.
- 3) The heraldic term for a disc (see also ‘bezant’,
From left: Aircraft roundels: Argentina; Belgium; Colombia; Morocco (fotw);
Example; flag of Apples, Switzerland (fotw)
- ROUNDEL ARGENT
- In heraldry see ‘plates’.
- ROUNDEL AZURE
- In heraldry see ‘hurt’.
- ROUNDEL BARRY WAVY
In heraldry see ‘fountain 1)’.
- ROUNDEL GULES
In heraldry see ‘torteau’.
- ROUNDEL OR
In heraldry see ‘bezant’.
- ROUNDEL VERT
In heraldry see ‘pomme(s)’.
- The heraldic term for a mullet or star-like charge that usually (but not exclusively) has with five or six radiating points,
but which is pierced in its centre and is meant to represent the rowel of a spur – a spur
rowel or pierced mullet – but see mullet (also ‘pierced 2)’ and
Example; Heinenoord, The Netherlands (fotw);
Arms and Flag of Macedo de Cavaleiros, Portugal (fotw)
Please note, we suggest that a glossary or dictionary of heraldry be consulted
regarding use of the terms given above.