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Cross bottony
Cross bottony on a shield
Not to be confused with botany.

In heraldry, bottony refers to a symbol having a bud or button, or a kind of trefoil, at the end; furnished with knobs or buttons. Hence, a cross bottony (or "botonny") is a cross having each arm terminating in three rounded lobes, forming a sort of trefoil. From the religious point of view, the cross bottony can be used as a symbol of the Christian Trinity.

A cross bottony which is heraldically "counterchanged" occurs on the flag of Maryland.


  1.  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChambers, Ephraim, ed. (1728). "article name needed". Cyclopædia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (first ed.). James and John Knapton, et al. 
  1. Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary. 1913.