emblema

noun
em·ble·ma | \emˈblēmə, -lāmə, -lemə\
plural emblemata\-mətə \

Definition of emblema 

1 : a featured picture or ornament in mosaic work used frequently by the ancients for decorating pavement or wall

2 : separate ornament done in relief and often in precious metal that was attached as decoration (as to a ship or piece of furniture) especially by the ancient Romans usually used in plural

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