One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Divided into equal vertical stripes.‘paly of six, argent and gules’
- ‘Six is the usual number for barry, bendy and paly coats.’
- ‘I also wanted the arms to be distinctive, so that a field paly bendy seemed suitable.’
Late Middle English: from Old French pale ‘divided by stakes’, from pal ‘pale, stake’.
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