One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Covered with small bearings of indefinite number (e.g. stars, fleurs-de-lis) arranged all over the field.
- ‘When the number of charges exceeds six, they produce the appearance of a pattern and the field thus covered is called semé (sowing) or said to be powdered.’
- ‘As a result the municipality received on 10 Apr 1986 a new Coat of Arms: blue with a semé of silver blocks and charged with a lion rampant armed red, surmontée a yellow crown of three leaves and two pearls.’
Late Middle English: French, literally ‘sown’, past participle of semer.
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