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

Word History


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

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“Patonce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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