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Dictionary of Vexillology: A (Armed - Armistice)

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ARMED
1) In vexillology the term relating to a figure carrying weapons – but see ‘armoured’.
2) In heraldry a term used when the claws, teeth talons and sometimes the beak of a beast or bird of prey are shown in a different tincture to the body (see also ‘armed and langued’, ‘attired’, ‘beaked’, ‘langued’, ‘gorged’, ‘harnysed’, ‘jelloped’, ‘membered’ and ‘tincture’).

Spiringen, Switzerland Pregrada, Croatia Flanders, Belgium
Flag of Spiringen, Switzerland (fotw); Arms of Pregrada, Croatia (fotw); Flag of Flanders, Belgium (fotw)


ARMED AND LANGUED (or ARMED, LANGUED AND MEMBERED)
In heraldry, see ‘armed 2)’, ‘langued’ and ‘membered’.

armed Valdice, Czech Rep. Košice, Slovakia
Flag of Noville, Switzerland (fotw); Flag of Valdice, Czechia (fotw); Flag of Wiggiswil, Switzerland (fotw)


ARMED SERVICES FLAG(S)
A generic term for any flag that pertains to, or represents a branch of the armed services, or a unit within that branch.

Armed Services, UK Armed Services, South Africa Armed Services, USA
Colour of the Royal Navy 1939-1952, UK (fotw); Air Force Ensign, South Africa (fotw); Flag of the Army, US (fotw);

Please note however, that the various types of flags used by the armed services – for example an appointment flag, branch of service flag, camp flag, colour, flag of command, guidon, naval jack, positional or rank flag, etc. – are separately defined herein and are, we suggest, to be preferred in description.


ARMES PARLANTES
In heraldry a phrase used as an alternative to the term canting - see ‘canting’.

Arms parlantes
Flag of Bila Tserkva (or White Church), Ukraine (fotw);


ARM FLASH (or PATCH)
See ‘badge 3)’ and ‘regimental colours 2)’ (also ‘military crest’).

arm flash 
Arm Flash/Patch of The Royal Armoured Corps, UK


ARMIGEROUS
(adj) The heraldic term for possessing or showing a coat of arms - see ‘coat of arms 2)’ (also 'armorial bearings' and 'blazon').

armigerous armigerous armigerous 
Coats of Arms of the 10th Duke of Richmond, the 11th Duke of Marlborough and the 10th Duke of Buccleuch


ARMISTICE DAY FLAG
See ‘service flag 3)’.

[example]
Armistice Day Flag/American War Mothers, US (fotw)


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