Medieval Glossary


A term in heraldry that is used to describe the head or any limb of an animal cut off from the trunk and smooth. When crosses, bends, bars, etc. are cut so as not to touch the sides of the escutcheon, they are also said to be couped.

Related term(s): Heraldry; Bend; Escutcheon; Saltire; Ordinary; Shield
Category: Heraldry
Added: 06.04.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 118.


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