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In English law. A device depicted on the (now imaginary) shield of one of the nobility, of which gentry is the lowest degree. The criterion of nobility is the bearing of arms, or armorial bearings, received from ancestry. A r m o r u m appellatione, non solum scuta et gladii et galeae, sed et fustes e


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