\ ˈpa(a)r(ə)l, ˈper- \
plural -s

Definition of pairle

: a heraldic ordinary in the form of a Y extending to the upper corners and the base of the field

called also pall

— compare shakefork
in pairle
1 : in the direction and position of the three arms of a pairle tierced in pairle sable, gules, and azure
2 : in such a way that of three heraldic bearings one is bendwise, one bendwise sinister, and one palewise so as to approach or join at a common center three shields arranged in pairle with the points meeting in the center of the escutcheon

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History and Etymology for pairle

French, probably alteration of Old French paile mantle, pall, from Latin pallium

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“Pairle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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