One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lozenge voided, i.e., with a central lozenge-shaped aperture.
- ‘He has on the back of his stone a shield with nine rows of chequers; over the top of the shield is a mascle between two keys fesswise, bits inwards and downwards.’
- ‘The fret itself is an interwoven cross with a mascle, and both are indicative of service in the Crusades.’
- ‘The term mascle is from Latin ‘maculus’ meaning ‘spot,’ which in this context means a mesh in chain-mail.’
- ‘A woman whose marriage has been dissolved bears on a lozenge her paternal arms, charged for the purpose of distinction with a mascle.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Anglo-Latin mascula ‘mesh’.
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