Counter potent
Potent Po"tent, n. 1. A prince; a potentate. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. [See {Potence}.] A staff or crutch. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

3. (Her.) One of the furs; a surface composed of patches which are supposed to represent crutch heads; they are always alternately argent and azure, unless otherwise specially mentioned. [1913 Webster]

{Counter potent} (Her.), a fur differing from potent in the arrangement of the patches. [1913 Webster]


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  • Counter-potent — Her. A T shape or crutch. The term refers to one of the heraldic *furs shown alternately as azure or *argent patches arranged so as to resemble a crutch, i.e. in opposite order to *potent …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Potent — Po tent, n. 1. A prince; a potentate. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. [See {Potence}.] A staff or crutch. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 3. (Her.) One of the furs; a surface composed of patches which are supposed to represent crutch heads; they are always… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Counter-passant — Her. Describes two animals passing each other in opposite directions. The word counter is used in hunting to indicate the direction opposite to that of the game. Cf. Counter couchant and Counter potent …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Potent — Her. A T shape or crutch. The term refers to one of the heraldic furs shown alternately as *argent or azure patches arranged so as to resemble a crutch. Cf. Counter potent …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Counter-salient — Her. Describes two figures leaping away from the other. [< Lat. salio = to leap] Cf. Counter potent; Salient …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Vair — In heraldry, vair is a fur , a tincture which is simultaneously a two coloured field treatment. It is found in a variety of colours, and appears in different arrangements, each with its own name.It goes back, as does ermine, to a fur highly… …   Wikipedia

  • Tincture (heraldry) — In heraldry, tinctures are the colours used to emblazon a coat of arms. These can be divided into several categories including light tinctures called metals, dark tinctures called colours, nonstandard colours called stains, furs, and proper . A… …   Wikipedia

  • Ethereal tincture — Tincture Tinc ture, n. [L. tinctura a dyeing, from tingere, tinctum, to tinge, dye: cf. OE. tainture, teinture, F. teinture, L. tinctura. See {Tinge}.] 1. A tinge or shade of color; a tint; as, a tincture of red. [1913 Webster] 2. (Her.) One of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tincture — Tinc ture, n. [L. tinctura a dyeing, from tingere, tinctum, to tinge, dye: cf. OE. tainture, teinture, F. teinture, L. tinctura. See {Tinge}.] 1. A tinge or shade of color; a tint; as, a tincture of red. [1913 Webster] 2. (Her.) One of the metals …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fur — Her. Animal skins; a *tincture representing tufts of fur. There are eight main furs: *ermine, *ermines, *erminois, *pean, *vair, *counter vair, *potent and *counter potent …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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