In heraldry, this is used both as a bearing or charge, and as a difference or mark of cadency. In the latter case, it designates the second son and those that descend from him.
Related term(s): Heraldry; Charge (Heraldry); Mark of Cadency; Ordinary; Escutcheon; Mullet
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 341.