Canadian Heraldic Dictionary

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Term Source Meaning Illustration
Oblate Cross District of Mission, BC. Vol II, P 148 The Oblate Cross (a Latin cross flory voided in centre and at tips) is shown here as Or, superimposed on a Mission Cross Vert. It is the symbol of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
Octagan Jewel Gemmiti, P.G. Vol II, P 208 An Octagan Jewel is any jewel faceted with eight sides, its type determined by the tincture. As a "gem" it suggests the name of the grantee.
Ogivy Reamey The blazon starts: "Per fess ogivy ..." This is a Canadian innovation, a line of partition in the form of a series of Gothic arches, most typically three.
Ogopogo City of Penticton, B.C. Vol IV, P 55 Ogopogo is a mythical monster, said to inhabit Lake Okanagan in south central British Columbia.
Oil Derrick Rural Municipality of Reciprocity, Saskatchewan. Vol V, P 51 The Oil Derrick is a symbol of the petroleum industry of the prairies. In this crest, it alludes to the combination of farming and oil found in Saskatchewan.
Olifant Paladin Tax Credit Solutions. Vol VI, P 317 The Olifant (seen here in chief and in base) is a horn carved from an elephant's tusk. It refers to the paladins of the mediaeval romance, The Song of Roland, who carried this horn into battle to summon companions to their aid.
Organ Pipe Lett, P.F. (Badge) Vol III, P 328 The Organ Pipes illustrated in this badge allude to the grantee’s love of music and particularly, that of the organ.
Osprey 162 Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron, RCAF (Badge) Vol V, P 368 The Osprey is a fishing bird, and alludes to the wartime antisubmarine role of the squadron.
Oval Community of Christ. Vol IV, P 4477 The oval (or egg-shape), shown in this badge as the background for the religious theme, has long been used in Europe to symbolize the idea of resurrection.
Owl (Coast Salish Style) Regional Cadet Instructor School (Pacific) (Badge) Vol II, P 424 The Owl depicted in this badge is shown in the style of the Coast Salish First Nation. This is a group of ethnically related indigenous peoples of the Pacific north-west coast, living in British Columbia and the States of Washington and Oregon.
Owl-Lion Munk, P.L., Vol V, P 55 This mythical beast combines part of the ancient symbol of Bohemia - the white, double-tailed lion - with the head of an owl, the traditional symbol of wisdom.

 
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