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Eschu'tcheon. n.s. The shield of the family; the picture of the ensigns armorial.

Eschutcheon is a French word, from the Latin scutum, leather; and hence cometh our English word buckler, lꞃ in the old Saxon signifying leather, and buck or bock a buck or stag; of whose skins, quilted close together with horn or hard wood, the ancient Britons made their shields. Peacham.

There be now, for martial encouragement, some degrees and orders of chivalry, and some remembrance perhaps upon the eschutcheon. Bacon's Essays.

We will pass over the eschutcheons of the tribes of Israel, as they are usually described in the maps of Canaan. Brown.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Browne, Thomas (203) · Peacham, Henry (53)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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