In heraldry, this is a mark placed over a portion of the paternal coat of arms, indicating some base or ungentlemanly act on the part of the bearer.
Related term(s): Coat of Arms; Surcoat
Last modified: 05.31.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 9.