Medieval Glossary


In heraldry, a variation of rampant. Rampant is an epithet applied to a lion or other beast of prey when placed erect on the two hind legs, with only one of the fore legs elevated and the head in profile. A lion counter-rampant is one rampant towards the sinister, instead of towards the dexter, the usual attitude. Two lions rampant contrariwise in saltire are sometimes also said to be counter-rampant.

Related term(s): Heraldry; Rampant; Sinister; Dexter; Saltire; Rampant Gardant
Category: Agriculture
Added: 07.04.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 473.


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