One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A triangular ordinary formed by two lines from the edge of the shield meeting at the fess point at 45 degrees.
- ‘The shield is divided into eight gyrons all meeting at the center.’
- ‘Commenters also indicate that the way they are drawn the gyrons cannot be blazoned as piles, as they are too short.’
- ‘The gyron, which is an old bearing, is seldom used singly.’
- ‘The ‘Or’ gyrons do not quite meet in the center, and appear almost as piles issuing radially from the edge of the field.’
- ‘In the gyronny of eight, the gyrons are following the main-lines, whereas in the gyronny of twelve, the gyrons do or don't follow the main-lines.’
Late 16th century: from Old French giron ‘gusset’.
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