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Dictionary of Vexillology: M (Mullet - Mythological Creatures)
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- The heraldic term for a usually geometric charge in
the form of a star that usually (but not exclusively) has five or six radiating points – but see ‘rowel’ and
(also ‘star 1)’,
‘sun in splendour’ and
Orzens, Switzerland (fotw); Flag
and Arms of
Medjimurje, Croatia (fotw); Flag of
Valais, Switzerland (fotw)
Please note, we suggest that a glossary or dictionary of heraldry be consulted regarding the terms given above.
- A flag of four or more parallel stripes or bands, whether plain or defaced,
horizontal, vertical or diagonal, and of equal or unequal width (see also
From left: Civil Flag of Costa Rica (fotw); National Flag of
Mauritius (fotw); Power Squadrons, US (fotw); Flag of
Friesland, Netherlands (fotw).
Please note that flags bearing a fimbriated central stripe (such as those of Botswana, The Gambia or Suriname where the flanking stripes are narrower than the outer ones) should not be considered as multi-stripes, but as fimbriated tricolours or tribands (see also
National Flag of Botswana (fotw); National of
The Gambia (fotw); National Flag of Suriname (fotw)
- MULTI-TAILED (or TONGUED)
- (adj) A term used to describe a fly that is cut into more than three tails or tongues
(see also ‘gonfanon’,
‘swallowtail and tongue’ and
War and Merchant Flag of the Republic of Venice
- MULTI-TAILED DESCATE
- (adj) The term used to describe a fly that is cut into more than three tails
with rounded ends (see also
‘swallowtail and tongue’ and
- MUNICIPAL ARMS (or COAT OF ARMS)
- See ‘civic arms’.
Arms of Bilov, Czech Republic (fotw)
- MUNICIPAL CROWN
- See ‘mural crown 1)’.
Flag of Versailles, France (fotw)
- MUNICIPAL FLAG
- See ‘civic flag 1))’.
Flag of Bilov, Czech Republic (fotw)
- MURAL CROWN
- 1) Generically the heraldic term for a coronet composed of battlemented walls showing masonry and
generally from three to five towers, usually (but not exclusively) representative of a municipality
or urban area - a civic, municipal or urban crown – but see ‘civic crown 1)’
(also ‘astral crown’,
‘crown of arms’,
‘naval crown’, and
- 2) Specifically the heraldic term for a coronet with masoned, battlemented walls but without
towers, often representative of a town or city and reputedly based on an ancient
Roman triumphal ornament - but see ‘civic crown 1)’
also ‘astral crown’,
Flag and Arms of Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal (fotw and Heraldry of the World);
Flag and Arms of Almeria, Spain (fotw and wiki); Heraldic Mural Crown (Parker)
Please note that in some European heraldic systems, the number of towers
and/or the number of crenellations is dependent upon the size and civic status of the municipality
- The heraldic term for the colour mulberry--red - see ‘shades of tincture’ in ‘Appendix III’.
- MYTHICAL FLAG
- 1) See ‘suppositious flag’.
2) A newly introduced term that also covers the design of a historical flag which is based upon anecdotal evidence only – but see 1) above (also ‘raven flag’).
Raven Flag (fotw); Mythical/Suppositious State Flag of Mississippi 1861 – 1865 (Clay Moss)
- MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES
- See ‘heraldic beasts’.
Flag of Porrentruy, Switzerland (fotw)
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