Canadian Heraldic Dictionary

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Term Source Meaning Illustration
Labrador Dog Roberts, E., Vol IV, P 366 The Labrador Dog in the supporters (shown here as the Golden variety) is a popular retriever. It is used here to represent its namesake, the mainland part of the Province.
Lacrosse Stick Conacher, L.F., Vol IV, P 230 Lacrosse has its origins in a tribal game played by Eastern Woodlands and some Plains Native Americans in what is now Canada, making it a quint-essential Canadian game. The Lacrosse Stick is seen here as the in-bend charge.
Lady's Slipper - Natural Provincial Flowers of Canada The Lady’s Slipper (shown here in its natural form) is the Provincial flower of PEI.
Lady's Slipper - Heraldic Province of Prince Edward Island. Vol IV P 195 The Lady’s Slipper is the Provincial flower of P.E.I.
Latin Cross Érablé Austin, G.H.M., Vol V, P 555 The Cross Érablé (its ends terminating in maple leaves) refer to the Canadian branch of the grantee’s family.
Lawyer's Robe Canadian Bar Association (Badge) Vol V, P 82 The Lawyer’s Robe, shown here as the background to the double ansul, represents the members of the legal profession.
Leather Cutting Knife Bata Shoe Museum Foundation. Vol III, P 10 The skin and knife symbolize the materials and tools that have been used for centuries in the shoemaking process.
Life Preserver HMCS Preserver (Badge) Vol V, P 385 The Life Preserver is a rebus on the ship’s name.
Lighthouse Marystown, Newfoundland and Labrador. Vol IV, P 101. The Lighthouse was (and sometimes still is) an iconic feature of Canadian lakes and coastal waters.
Lim Dragon Kwong, N.L., Vol V P 119 The Kwong is a monster of which the head and fore-limbs are those of a Chinese dragon, the body, legs and tail of a dinosaur.
Ling Cod Ling, D., Vol IV, P 154 The Ling Cod, a freshwater fish, shown in this crest held by an eagle, is used in this case as a pun on the grantee’s name.
Lion-Beaver Fagan, Frank F. The Lion-Beaver (upper body of a lion, lower body and tail of a beaver) suggests the power and leadership of the lion along with the well-known work ethic of the beaver.
Locomotive Wheel City of Whitehorse The locomotive wheel (more correctly a steam locomotive drive wheel) is a flanged steel wheel characterized by a counterweight on one side – to balance the weight of the drive-shaft. If a similar wheel is shown without the counterweight, it should be referred to as a railway wheel. Note that the flange is not clearly shown here.
Log Cabin Phillips, D.G. (Crest) Vol VI, P 141 The Log Cabin refers to the historical dwellings of the early settlers of Canada.
Loon Township of Marsdon, Que. Vol VI, P 21 The Loon is a common Canadian water-bird with a distinctive cry.
Looping in St. Paul's Cathedral, Regina The blazon here states "... a bordure Or its inner line looping in foils of poplar of the field within the bordure ..." It appears that the bordure is charged with poplar leaf outlines slipped inwards (see foil, above) but precisely how they are "looped in" remains unclear.
Luther Rose Wilfred Laurier Students' Union A rose Argent charged at its centre with a heart Gules, the heart charged with a Latin cross Argent.
Lynx Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts The great predator cat of the North. From a medieval perspective, the lynx was thought to posses the power of fortelling the future, which when attributed to warrior qualities, refers to the sense of prudence and caution. Being able to anticipate the response of an opponent and correctly defend against that action as if fortelling the future.

 
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