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An emblem or device with a motto.
[Italian, undertaking, impresa; see impresario.]
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(Heraldry) an emblem or device, usually a motto, as on a coat of arms
[C16: from Italian, literally: undertaking, hence deed of chivalry, motto, from imprendere to undertake; see emprise]
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n., pl. -sas, -se (-zeɪ)
[1580–90; < Italian: literally, undertaking]
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