“G” Terms

GALLEY. An ancient vessel propelled by oars; frequently used in shields of naval officers.

GAMBE. An obsolete French word, signifying a leg, and is still used in Heraldry, for the leg of a lion or other creature borne in coats of arms.

GARBE. The heraldic term for a sheaf of any kind of corn.

GARTER. One of the diminutives of the bend, being half the size.

GARTER. The insignia of the most noble order of the knights of the garter. It is formed of blue velvet edged with gold wire, and lined with white satin; on the velvet is embroidered the motto of the order. See KNIGHT.

GAUNTLET. Armour for the hand.

GAZE. An intent look. This is said of a deer standing still, and turning its head to look earnestly at any object.

GEMEL. This word mean “twin” and signifies a charge in double. Most usually found in bars gemel, where the bar is replace by two smaller bars. Arms blazoned as two bars gemel would have two sets of these smaller bars, with four bars total. The spacing of the bars should be done so that each pair is an obvious set, separated from the other pair. The word is also found spelled gemelle and sometimes used in the plural as, “bars gemels.”

GOLPS. Roundlets of a purple tincture. The colour is not stated, as the name denotes the colour.

GORGED. Any animals, particularly birds, that have collars round the neck, are said to be gorged.

GRIFFIN or GRYPHON. A chimerical animal, half bird, half beast.

GUEULES.  The word for Red in French blazons. [see article]

GUIDON. A small semi-oval flag used in funeral processions. It is generally charged with the paternal arms of the deceased.

Guidon of HHC 4th BN 22nd INF

[In modern usage the Guidon is the flag of a military unit, such as a battalion, company or platoon.]

GULES. Signifies red. It is represented in engraving by lines running parallel with each other, from the chief to the base. [see article]

GUTTY. A term derived from the Latin word gutta, a drop. A field bearing drops is called gutty.

GYRON. A triangular figure formed by two lines from one of the angles of the shield to the centre.

GYRONNY. When the field is covered with gyrons, their points uniting in the centre.