Gyron

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Example of a gyron

A gyron is a triangular heraldic ordinary formed by two lines extending from the edge of the shield to meet at the center at a 45° angle. A shield divided into eight gyrons is called gyronny. The word gyron is derived from Old French giron, meaning 'gusset'.[1] Another term for a single gyron is esquire.[2]

The gyron rarely appears singly, but as a variation of the field, gyronny coats appear frequently. These most often appear as eight roughly equal parts, but occasionally a coat gyronny of six, ten, twelve or more parts may be specified.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gyron". Concise Oxford English Dictionary (11th ed.). Oxford: University Press. 2008. ISBN 9780199548415. 
  2. ^ Friar, Stephen, ed. (1987). A New Dictionary of Heraldry. London: Alphabooks/A&C Black. p. 139. ISBN 0 906670 44 6. 
  3. ^ Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1909). A Complete Guide to Heraldry. New York: Dodge Publishing Co. p. 137.