pa·​tonce | \ pəˈtän(t)s \

Definition of patonce

of a heraldic cross
: having the arms concave and expanding toward 3-pointed ends similar to but less recurved than those of a cross fleury usually used postpositively — compare fleury, paty

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History and Etymology for patonce

probably modification of Middle French potencé having arms like a crutch, from potence crutch

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“Patonce.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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