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Dictionary of Vexillology: A (Aqua - Argent)
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- A heraldic term for the colour of water - see ‘proper’.
- See ‘eagle 2)’.
Aquila/Eagle Standard of a Roman Legion (about.com)
- A bearer of the ancient Roman legionary eagle - see 'eagle
2)' (also 'vexillary' and 'vexilloid').
- ARAB LIBERATION COLOURS (or COLORS)
- 1) A term used for the predominantly red white and black colours
introduced by Egypt in their flag of 1958 the colours of Arab liberation
but see note below.
- 2) See ‘pan-Arab colours’.
National Flag of Egypt 1958 1972 (fotw); National Flag of
Egypt (fotw); National Flag of the Yemen (fotw);
National Flag of Iraq (fotw)
Please note that the red, white and black (with or without a touch of
green) introduced by Egypt in their tricolour of 1958 are included by some
sources with the pan Arab Colours as referenced above.
- ARCH-DUCAL (or ARCHDUCAL) BONNET (CORONET or
- See ‘coronet 2)’.
State Service Flag and Arms of Salzburg, Austria
plus the Flag and Arms of Wallachia c1640
ensigned with an Arch-Ducal Bonnet (fotw)
- The heraldic term sometimes used in place of embowed when describing an
ordinary that is bowed or bent enarched - see ‘embowed’
Flag of Pleujouse, Switzerland; Arms and Flag of
Austrheim, Norway (Tomislav ipek & fotw)
- ARCHIEPISCOPAL CROSS
- See ‘cross of Lorraine’.
Flag and Arms of Sarreguemines, France (fotw &
- An honorary title, now obsolete, for the chief standard or flag bearer to
the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire (see also ‘archivexillum’
and following note), and ‘gonfaloniership’).
- A recently redefined term now intended to cover a flag design that is
established or recommended by authority, and upon which other flags
(adapted as required) may be based a template flag. A typical example is the
British blue ensign that acts as a basic template for other government flags,
and for the flags of most British Overseas Territories (see also ‘archivexillifer’,
‘armorial ensign’, ‘armorial
ensign 2)’, ‘colonial flags’, ‘blue
ensign’). ‘defaced’, ‘core
flag’, ‘undefaced’ and ‘warrant’).
From left: UK Blue Ensign (Graham Bartram); UK
Customs Ensign (Graham Bartram); UK Fleet Auxiliary Ensign (Graham
Bartram); Flag of Tristan da Cunha (Graham Bartram)
Please note that the word appears in a 19th Century German etymological
dictionary as the origin of the term erzbanner (that may be translated as
chief or imperial banner) but with the exception of a possible relationship
to the term archivexillifer - this is otherwise unsupported by further
- In heraldry see 'inflamed'.
Flag and Arms of Velika Ludina, Croatia
- A heraldic term for the metal silver, it is generally shown as white in
flags, but occasionally as grey, sometimes as silver leaf or metallic paint,
or in an embroidered design, as silver thread (see also
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