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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 1)’.

Aquila/Eagle Standard of a Roman Legion (

A bearer of the ancient Roman legionary eagle - see 'eagle 1)' (also 'vexillary' and 'vexilloid').

Aquilifer (Wikipedia)

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’.

Arab liberation colours Arab liberation colours Arab liberation colours Arab liberation 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.

That flag which inspired the pan-Arab colours, a sharifian flag see pan-Arab colours and their following notes.

Arab Revolt Flag
Arab Revolt Flag 1917-1920 (fotw)

See ‘coronet 2)’.

archducal bonnet archducal bonnet archducal bonnet archducal bonnet
State Service Flag and Arms of Salzburg, Austria plus the Flag and Arms of Wallachia c1640 ensigned with an Arch-Ducal Coronet/Hat (fotw)

The heraldic term sometimes used in place of embowed when describing an ordinary that is bowed or bent enarched - see ‘embowed’ (also ‘ordinary’).

Pleujouse Pleujouse arched arched
Arms and Flag of Pleujouse, Switzerland (HotW & fotw); Arms and Flag of Austrheim, Norway (fotw)

A heraldic term for the cross of Lorraine - see ‘cross of Lorraine’.

Sarreguemines, France Sarreguemines, France
Flag and Arms of Sarreguemines, France (fotw & Wikipedia)

An honorary title, now obsolete, for the chief standard or flag bearer to the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire (see also the note following ‘archivexillum’), and ‘gonfaloniership’).

See ‘template flag’.

[archivexillum example] [archivexillum example] [archivexillum example]
UK Blue Ensign (fotw); Government Service Ensign, UK (fotw); Flag of the Department of Trade and Industry, UK (fotw)

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 sources see archivexillifer.

An alternative heraldic term to inflamed - see 'inflamed'.

[Velika Ludina] [Velika Ludina]
Flag and Arms of Velika Ludina, Croatia (fotw)

A heraldic term for the metal silver that is generally shown as white in flags - but see note below (also 'embroider', 'metals', 'or', and 'rule of tincture').

[colour example]

Please note that Argent is occasionally seen as grey, sometimes as silver leaf or metallic paint, or in an embroidered design, as silver thread

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