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coat of arms 

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

Michael Clarke

A shield bearing a person or institution's *heraldic bearings. The term derives from the linen surcoat worn by medieval knights over their chain mail. Strictly speaking, only the shield itself can be referred to as the coat of arms, though it is often used incorrectly to describe the whole heraldic ensemble of the shield with its adjuncts including crest, motto, and ... ...

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