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NEBULY
(adj.) The heraldic term for a sharply undulating line of division on a shield, banner or arms or a flag, or the edge of an ordinary such as a fess or chevron, and intended to represent clouds – but see note below (also ‘banner of arms’, ‘fess’, ‘chevron 1)’ and ‘ordinary’).

nebuly nebuly nebuly
Flag of Exeter College, Oxford University, UK (fotw); Arms and Flag of Castrisch, Switzerland (Wikipedia & fotw)

Please note that this term is not to be confused with unde, undy or wavy – see ‘wavy


NEEDLEWORK
See ‘embroider

NEF
A type of single-masted, medieval trading vessel (usually shown with fore and aft castles as equipped for war) – but see ‘ancient ship’, ‘cog’ and the note below..

[nef] [nef] Lisbon Lisbon
Flag and Arms of New Brunswick, Canada (fotw & Wikipedia); Flag and Arms of Elblag County, Poland (fotw)

Please note that the terms “nef” and “cog” both refer to a single-masted sailing vessel and are generally considered interchangeable, however, properly speaking the earlier cog was steered by a long oar, whereas the later nef had a stern mounted rudder.


NEOGRENADINE TRICOLOUR (or NEOGRENADINE TRIBAND)
The terms sometimes applied to a tricolour whose upper stripe is twice the width of each of its lower two (see also ‘uneven tricolour ’).

neogrenadine tricolour neogrenadine tricolour neogrenadine tricolour
National Flag of Colombia (fotw); National Flag of Ecuador (fotw); Flag of Chaguarpamba, Ecuador (fotw)

Please note that the term dates from the early 19th Century, and the South American wars of liberation against Spain.


NEO-NAZI FLAGS
See ‘rune(s)’ (also ‘arrow cross’ ‘sun cross’ and ‘swastika’).

neo-nazi flag neo-nazi flag neo-nazi flag
Flag of the New Triumph Party, Argentina (fotw); Flag of National Democratic Party (1999-2009), Lithuania (fotw); Flag of the Hungarian Welfare Association, Hungary (fotw)


NETTLE LEAF
In continental (often but not exclusively German) heraldry, a term for the (usually) white charge that is reputed to be a development of the zigzag border (see also ‘serrated 1)’).

 Kiel Kiel Schleswig-Holstein
Flag of Kiel, Germany (fotw); Arms of Pinneberg, Germany (fotw); Flag of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (fotw)


NIMBED
The heraldic term for being depicted wearing a halo – see ‘nimbus

Škabrnje Škabrnje Saint-Cierges
Flag and Arms of Škabrnje, Croatia (fotw); Flag of Saint-Cierges, Switzerland (fotw)


NIMBUS
The heraldic term for a halo, the aura (or circle of light) that surrounds the head in the representation of a saint or of a holy animal – see ‘nimbed’ (also ‘agnus dei’ ‘aureole’ and ‘Eye of God’).

nimbus nimbus nimbus
Flag of the Veneto Region, Italy; Arms and Flag of Glarus, Switzerland (Wikipedia & fotw)


NOBORI
See ‘daimyo flags

NOIR
The French for black and sometimes (mistakenly) used instead of the correct heraldic term sable – see ‘sable’.

NORDIC CROSS
See ‘Scandinavian cross’.

Iceland
National Flag of Iceland (fotw)


NORTH-EAST DIAGONAL
A diagonal stripe running from the upper fly edge to the lower hoist corner, whose corners may or may not touch the corners of the flag but whose width is contained within the length of the flag at its top edge and the width of the flag at its fly (see also ‘Appendix IX’, ‘ascending diagonal’, ‘descending diagonal’, ‘east-south diagonal’, ‘east-west diagonal’, ‘north-south diagonal’, ‘south-east diagonal’, ‘south-north diagonal’, ‘west-east diagonal’), ‘west-north diagonal’, and ‘west-south diagonal’).

Nýrov, Czechia
Flag of Nýrov, Czechia (fotw)

Please note that this term, whilst an extension of those existing and established, has been introduced by the editors.


NORTH-SOUTH DIAGONAL
A diagonal stripe that runs from the upper hoist to the lower fly, and whose corners generally (but not invariably) touch the corners of the flag but whose width is entirely contained within the length of the flag – an enhanced bend - see ‘bend’ (also ‘ascending diagonal’, ‘descending diagonal’, ‘east-west diagonal’, ‘north-east diagonal’, ‘south-east diagonal’, ‘south-north diagonal’, ‘west-east diagonal’), ‘west-north diagonal’), and ‘west-south diagonal’).

[North-South diagonal - Trinidad and Tobago] [North-South diagonal - Aspariegos, Spain]
National Flag of Trinidad and Tobago (fotw); Flag of Aspariegos, Spain (fotw)


NUMBER FLAG (or PENNANT)
See 'insurance flag'.

[Number flag]
19th Century Number/Insurance Flag from Stralsund, Germany (Željko Heimer)


NUMERAL (or NUMERIC SIGNAL) FLAG
Any one of a set of straight-sided flags of simple design representing the numerals zero to nine, and used in some naval flag signal codes – a numeric signal flag (see also 'numeral pennant' and ‘signal flag’).

[NATO numeral flag] [NATO numeral flag] [NATO numeral flag]
Numeral Flags 1, 2 & 3 in the RN/USN/NATO Code of Naval Signals (fotw)


NUMERAL PENNANT
Any one of a set of tapered square-ended pennants (or trapezoids) of simple design representing the numerals zero to nine, and used in the International Code of Signal flags as well as some naval flag signal codes (see also ‘code pennant’, ‘International Code of Signal Flags’, 'numeral flag', ‘signal flag’, ‘substitute’ and ‘trapezoid 2)’).

[numeral pennants] [numeral pennants] [numeral pennants]
Numeral Pennants 0, 7 and 9 in the International Code of Signals (fotw)


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