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- another term for compony
- ‘Whether Sir Malcolm Wallace and his son bore their arms with a bordure compony (or gobony), as here, or with a bordure counter-compony as shown elsewhere on these pages, is uncertain.’
- ‘After his legitimation in 1397 he changed his bearings to the royal arms of France and England within a border gobony of silver and azure.’
- ‘Around this central design is a border of alternating silver and green pieces (the formidable ‘bordure gobony,’ which is explained as ‘fourteen gobbits gyronwise’).’
Late Middle English: from obsolete gobbon ‘piece, gobbet’ + -y.
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