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n. Heraldry
A panel bearing the coat of arms of a deceased person.

[Alteration of hachement, achiment, from achievement, escutcheon.]


(Heraldry) heraldry a diamond-shaped tablet displaying the coat of arms of a dead person. Also called: achievement
[C16: changed from achievement]


(ˈhætʃ mənt)

a square tablet bearing the coat of arms of a deceased person.
[1540–50; variant of achievement]
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There was a christening party at the largest coffin-maker's and a funeral hatchment had stopped some great improvements in the bravest mansion.
Having passed through Gaunt Square into Great Gaunt Street, the carriage at length stopped at a tall gloomy house between two other tall gloomy houses, each with a hatchment over the middle drawing- room window; as is the custom of houses in Great Gaunt Street, in which gloomy locality death seems to reign perpetual.
The house so drearily out of repair, the occasional bow-window, the stuccoed house, the newly-fronted house, the corner house with nothing but angular rooms, the house with the blinds always down, the house with the hatchment always up, the house where the collector has called for one quarter of an Idea, and found nobody at home--who has not dined with these?
``Glory?'' continued Rebecca; ``alas, is the rusted mail which hangs as a hatchment over the champion's dim and mouldering tomb is the defaced sculpture of the inscription which the ignorant monk can hardly read to the enquiring pilgrim are these sufficient rewards for the sacrifice of every kindly affection, for a life spent miserably that ye may make others miserable?
Quartered in this dingy hatchment commemorative of Symond are the legal bearings of Mr.
Vixere fortes also: them too remember, In the light basins fed to the rinsing crab-- The grin dallying, and the knife at rest: The clouds' loose wells the vision's wrack, Clay their long hatchment, or the sedges' pause.
longicornis, and 37AdegC stress for more than 10 days resulted in no hatchment. Stress at 0AdegC on engorged ticks caused no effects on egg viability, whereas 4AdegC and prolonged 37AdegC and 40AdegC treatments on engorged H.
His funeral hatchment hangs in the baptistry, and the pulpit and chancel screen were donated in memory of Lord and Lady Armstrong.
Egg hatchment has been found to be linked to temperature, with ovipositon occurring between 20-30[degrees]C (Loomis, 1961; Sweatman, 1967; Wanchinga and Barker, 1986).
A seedy eye of orange hawkweed blinks in sunlight stupidly, a mink bumbles away, a ringnecked snake among stones lifts its head like a spark, a dead young woodcock-- long dead, the mink will not touch it-- sprawls in the hatchment of its soft plumage and clutches emptiness with drawn talons.