Canadian Heraldic Dictionary

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Term Source Meaning Illustration
Sapiné Greater Sudbury Sapiné refers to a division line formed of alternating fir trees.
Sapinagé   Sapinagé refers to a division line formed of alternating fir twigs.
Scimitar Reynolds, C.L. In Canadian practice, the distinction between the scimitar and the seax seems to have been abandoned, since the weapons illustrated are blazoned as scimitars, despite the notches in their backs.
Sea Scallop   The sea scallop differs from the standard heraldic escallop primarily in facing in the opposite direction with the "hinge" down.
Snowy Owl Gary R. Hayes The Snowy Owl is the provincial bird of Quebec. The Snowy Owl is a bird with exceptional vision and acute hearing and can detect prey at several miles distant. It is a bird of open country and unlike many owls is active during the daylight hours.
Sod House Schaaf The sod house of the early days of the Prairies has so far appeared in only a single grant, but it has potential for descendants of the early settlers in that area.
Speaking Trumpet Brian T. Domander An ancient predecessor of the megaphone.
Sperver Lawer Sperver is an obscure synonym for the better-known heraldic term pavilion.
Sprocket Trials & Evaluations nit A sprocket is essentially a gear wheel voided.
Star of Life Toronto Emergency Medical Services This useful innovation, consisting of three billets conjoined in asterisk (vide supra), the star so formed being charged with a rod of Aesculapeus, is known as the Star of Life. It is used as a symbol by many ambulance, para-medical and emergency services.
Star of Vergina Roman This delightful star (or sun) of sixteen separate points surrounding a central circle closely resembles a compass rose. Its name refers to the town of Vergina in northern Greece, where it was found during archeological ex-cavations. It is associated with Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. The fleur de lis is an added charge.

 
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