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Dictionary of Vexillology: S (Salient - Saw-toothed)
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- The heraldic term used when an animal is shown leaping (possibly upon its prey), or rearing up with both hind feet on the ground, and its forepaws drawn as if level with each other – but see ‘forcené’ and ‘rampant’.
Flag of Bure, Switzerland (fotw);
Arms and Flag of Porsanger, Norway (fotw)
- 1) In vexillology a cross whose arms are diagonal - a diagonal or diagonally-centred cross (see also ‘orthogonal’, ‘layered saltire’, ‘panel’, ‘ragged cross’, St. Andrew’s Cross’ and ‘St. Patrick's Cross’).
2) In heraldry as above but traditionally symbolic of martyrdom (see also ‘in saltire’ and 'per saltire').
National Flag of
Jamaica (fotw); Arms of Láb,
Slovakia (fotw); Flag of the
Federal Security Service, Russia (fotw);
- SALTIRE RAGULY
- See ‘ragged cross’ and
Regimental Colour of the Louisiana Infantry 1780, Spanish America (fotw)
- In heraldry see ‘in saltire’.
Flag and Arms of Wohlenschwil, Switzerland (fotw &
- SALUTE TO THE FLAG
- That custom, often prescribed by law or regulation, which requires military
personnel to salute and civilians to remove their hats or place the right hand
over their heart when a flag is raised or lowered, or when it passes in parade
(see also ‘flag salute’).
- The heraldic term for blood-red - see ‘shades of tincture’.
- 1) A band of material, usually in the national colours and sometimes
bearing the national arms, worn across the chest by a head of state,
especially (but not exclusively) in South America, or by some civic officials
(see also ‘national colours 2)’ and
‘state arms 2)’ under ‘arms’).
- 2) A similar symbol (although usually – but not invariably - based on political rather than national colours) used by political organizations (see also
‘political flags 1)’).
The Presidential Sashes of Uruguay,
Honduras (fotw); Civic Sash of
a) The civic sash of France is often (although not invariably) seen with the blue stripe uppermost; it is
frequently fringed and sometimes worn around the waist rather than across the chest.
b) Sashes are also worn with some military and civilian awards.
- See ‘daimyo flags’ and its
Flag of Makino Yasunari 1555-1609, Japan (fotw)
- The French for “leaping”, which is also sometimes used in place of, or in
addition to, the heraldic terms rampant or salient – see ‘rampant’
Flag and Arms of Betten, Switzerland (fotw &
- See ‘serrated’ (also ‘wolfteeth’).
Flag of Magellan Region, Chile (fotw)
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