Escutcheon of pretense

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an escutcheon used in English heraldry to display the arms of the bearer's wife; - not commonly used unless she an heiress. Cf. Impalement.

See also: Escutcheon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.