Allusive arms

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Allusive arms (her.) also canting or punning arms, and armes parlantes, those in which the charges convey reference to the bearer's name or title, as the column of the Colonna family, the Vele calf (O. Fr. veël, a calf), the Arundel martlets (O. Fr. arondel, a young swallow)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. alludĕread, at, ludĕre, lusum, to play.

Usage

In literature:

The sign of his hostelry was in allusion to one of his feats of arms.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
Her hand, still testing on the arm of Rufus, felt him start as the allusion to the girl passed her lips.
"The Fallen Leaves" by Wilkie Collins
An allusion, says Chatterton, to the arms of Kent, a horse salient, argent.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXII." by Various
What d'you allus carry books under your arm for?
"Scattergood Baines" by Clarence Budington Kelland
I was deeply touched by the allusion to the lion and the coat-of-arms.
"African and European Addresses" by Theodore Roosevelt
The Feather-star, so called in allusion to its tress-like arms.
"The Ancient Life History of the Earth" by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
On the carved mantelpiece is the date, 1629, and the owls which constitute the punning, or allusive, arms of Bishop Oldham.
"Exeter" by Sidney Heath
Olla born with de lef' arm off at de elbow and she allus follow me round.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
I offered her my arm-chair, and in this act of politeness she read another allusion.
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
He made no allusion to this whatever, and continued to use his left arm only.
"Francezka" by Molly Elliot Seawell
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