One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The combination of two coats of arms by juxtaposing the dexter half of one and the sinister half of the other on a single shield (a practice largely superseded by impalement).
- ‘The inclusion of a part usually involved a dimidiation (per fess or by another division).’
- ‘In Germany, dimidiation is still a common method of marshalling, where one or both of two coats of arms in a combination will be halved, as in the arms of Loschau.’
- ‘This type of union is known as dimidiation.’
- ‘It should suffice to note that marshalling of arms is generally accomplished by either: dimidiation, impalement, quartering or superimposition.’
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