scutcheon

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scutch·eon

 (skŭch′ən)
n.
An escutcheon.

scutcheon

(ˈskʌtʃən)
n
1. (Heraldry) a variant of escutcheon
2. (Zoology) any rounded or shield-shaped structure, esp a scute
ˈscutcheonless adj
ˈscutcheon-ˌlike adj

es•cutch•eon

(ɪˈskʌtʃ ən)

n.
1. a shield or shieldlike surface on which a coat of arms is depicted.
2. an ornamental or protective plate around a keyhole, door handle, drawer pull, light switch, etc.
3. a panel on the stern of a vessel bearing its name.
Idioms:
blot on one's escutcheon, a stain on one's reputation; disgrace.
[1470–80; < Old North French escuchon « Latin scūtum shield]
es•cutch′eoned, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scutcheon - a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers
protective cover, protective covering, protection - a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury; "they had no protection from the fallout"; "wax provided protection for the floors"
2.scutcheon - a shield; especially one displaying a coat of arms
buckler, shield - armor carried on the arm to intercept blows
References in classic literature ?
The argent shields, the host with scutcheons white.
On the scutcheon we'll have a bend OR in the dexter base, a saltire MURREY in the fess, with a dog, couchant, for common charge, and under his foot a chain embattled, for slavery, with a chevron VERT in a chief engrailed, and three invected lines on a field AZURE, with the nombril points rampant on a dancette indented; crest, a runaway nigger, SABLE, with his bundle over his shoulder on a bar sinister; and a couple of gules for supporters, which is you and me; motto, MAGGIORE FRETTA, MINORE OTTO.
I will wash out with blood whatever blot they may dare to cast on my scutcheon.