One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a coat of arms or charge) adjoin (another) so that only half of each is visible.
- ‘The pomegranate dimidiated with a rose, meaning that the two half charges are joined, was one of the badges of Queen Mary of England, who ruled from 1553-1558.’
- ‘In the base is a kneeling canon between two shields, one bearing the arms of Basset of Weldon dimidiating those of Ridel, the other bearing the arms of Basset of Weldon alone.’
- ‘In the upper part of the Shield a lion passant guardant dimidiates the hulk of a medieval ship.’
- ‘The crest has an oak tree dimidiated with a wheatsheaf, bound together by a blue and white wave.’
- ‘These were, in the Portuguese version, per pale argent and vert, two roses dimidiating as many fleurs-de-lis, in dexter canton a dove volant argent.’
- 1.1as adjective dimidiated (of a charge) having only one half depicted.
- ‘The canton is the arms of the Cinque Ports: per pale gules and azure three lions passant guardant dimidiated and conjoined to the hulks of as many ancient ships all in pale or.’
- ‘The bordures themselves were often dimidiated or even quartered and various lines of partition were used, so that the inside of the bordure might be engrailed or wavy.’
- ‘The arms of Connacht - a dimidiated (divided in half from top to bottom) eagle and armed hand - are recorded as such on a map of Galway dated 1651, now in the library of Trinity College, Dublin.’
- ‘Francoise's arms in Louis's Book of Hours (Fig.17 in body of article) are also dimidiated.’
Late 16th century: from Latin dimidiat- ‘halved’, from the verb dimidiare, from dimidium ‘half’.
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