Canadian Heraldic Dictionary

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Term Source Meaning Illustration
Yellowhammer Mellors, D. T. (Flag) Vol VI, P 134 The Yellowhammer is a small songbird also known as the flicker. It is the state bird of Alabama. It is used in this context to allude to the Polish maiden name of the grantee’s mother, which translates as “yellow hammer” in English.
Yin Yang Roundel Armstrong Hospitality Group The traditional Chinese symbol representing the male and female aspects in harmony. In a nutshell, Chinese Yin Yang symbols represent perfect balance. Seemingly, the whole of Chinese philosophy stems from the concept of Yin and Yang – opposites interacting and supposedly the seed of all things. For example, evil results from an imbalance in Yin and Yang, and good comes from the two being in harmonic balance.
York Boat Alberta Genealogical Society. Vol II, P 235 The York Boat was developed in the 18th century on the waterways of Northern Manitoba to carry Hudson Bay furs and freight from remote trading posts to tide-waters or railways. Its name was derived from York Factory, the mid-point of the boat’s trip from Hudson Bay to the interior of Canada.
Yukon Coronet Gingell, J. Vol III, P. 272 The Yukon Coronet consists of an antique crown Gules, with the rim and spikes edged Argent and garnished of bezants.

 
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