avellan

adjective
avel·​lan | \ ə-ˈve-lən How to pronounce avellan (audio) \
variants: or avellane \ ə-​ˈve-​ˌlān How to pronounce avellane (audio) , ˈa-​və-​ˌlān \

Definition of avellan

of a heraldic cross
: having the four arms shaped like conventionalized filberts — see cross illustration

First Known Use of avellan

1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for avellan

Latin abellana, avellana filbert, from feminine of Abellanus of Abella, from Abella, ancient town in Italy

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“Avellan.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avellane?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=a&file=avella02. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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