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escutcheon

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noun es·cutch·eon \is-ˈkə-chən\

Definition of escutcheon

  1. 1 :  a defined area on which armorial bearings are displayed and which usually consists of a shield

  2. 2 :  a protective or ornamental plate or flange (as around a keyhole)

  3. 3 :  the part of a ship's stern on which the name is displayed



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Origin of escutcheon

Middle English escochon, from Anglo-French escuchoun, from Vulgar Latin *scution-, scutio, from Latin scutum shield — more at esquire


First Known Use: 15th century

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escutcheon

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noun es·cutch·eon \is-ˈkəch-ən\

Medical Definition of escutcheon

  1. :  the configuration of adult pubic hair




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