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heraldry: (2 is only S.)
1. art or science of a herald, blazoning of armorial bearings MND. III. ii. 213 “like coats in ” ; fig. Oth. III. iv. 48.
2. heraldic practice or regulation Ham. I. i. 87 “a seal'd compact, Well ratified by law and heraldry” (‘a kind of hendiadys, meaning heraldic law’, Clark and Wright).
3. heraldic title or rank All'sW. II. iii. 279 “the heraldry of your birth.”
4. heraldic device, armorial bearings (fig.) Ham. II. ii. 487 [478] “Hath now this dread and black complexion smear'd With more dismal,” Lucr. 64 “This heraldry in Lucrece' face.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 2.2
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
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