“R” Terms

RADIENT. Any charge having rays or beams about it.

RAGULY. Any bearing that is ragged, like the trunk or limbs of a tree lopped of its branches, is said to be raguly. See CROSS.

RAMPANT. Any beast in a fighting attitude.  See LION RAMPANT.

RAY. A stream of light proceeding from a luminous body.

REST. The figure inserted in the illustration of the word “clarion” is by some writers on Heraldry thought to represent a rest for a lance, and they give the charge that name. See CLARION.

REGARDANT.  An animal looking towards the sinister side of the shield. See LION REGARDANT.

RIBAND.  A diminutive of the bend.

ROSSO.  The word for Red used in Italian blazons.

ROT.  The German word for Red used in blazons written in German.

ROUNDLETS.  Small round figures, all named from different metals and tinctures.

RUBEUS.  The word for Red used in Latin blazons.

RUBY. A precious stone, formerly used instead of Gules.

RULE OF TINCTURE. The first rule of heraldry: metal should not be put on metal, nor colour on colour. This rule is followed so greatly that any breach of the rule is thought to be done on purpose, hence the term Arms of Enquiry, meaning that the viewer will automatically wish to inquire why the rule was broken. The most famous example is the Argent field and Or crosses of the Arms of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, where in the usage of metal on metal was to allude to exceptionally holy nature of the domain.
See TINCTURE [Article on Tincture available.]

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