adjective pa·tonce \pəˈtän(t)s\

Definition of patonce

of a heraldic cross

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of patonce

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

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capable of being understood in two ways

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