Armorial bearings. See Arms, 4.

(Ar*mor"ic Ar*mor"i*can) a. [L. Armoricus, fr. Celtic ar on, at + mor sea.] Of or pertaining to the northwestern part of France or to its people.n. The language of the Armoricans, a Celtic dialect which has remained to the present times.

(Ar*mor"i*can), n. A native of Armorica.

(Ar"mor*ist) n. [F. armoriste.] One skilled in coat armor or heraldry. Cussans.

(Ar"mor-plat`ed) a. Covered with defensive plates of metal, as a ship of war; steel-clad.

This day will be launched . . . the first armor- plated steam frigate in the possession of Great Britain.

(Ar"mo*ry) n.; pl. Armories [OF. armaire, armarie, F. armoire, fr. L. armarium place for keeping arms; but confused with F. armoiries. See Armorial, Ambry.]

1. A place where arms and instruments of war are deposited for safe keeping.

2. Armor; defensive and offensive arms.

Celestial armory, shields, helms, and spears.

3. A manufactory of arms, as rifles, muskets, pistols, bayonets, swords. [U.S.]

4. Ensigns armorial; armorial bearings. Spenser.

5. That branch of heraldry which treats of coat armor.

The science of heraldry, or, more justly speaking, armory, which is but one branch of heraldry, is, without doubt, of very ancient origin.

(Ar`mo*zeen", Ar`mo*zine") n. [armosin, armoisin.] A thick plain silk, generally black, and used for clerical. Simmonds.

(Arm"pit`) n. [Arm + pit.] The hollow beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder; the axilla.

(Arm"rack`) n. A frame, generally vertical, for holding small arms.

(Arms) n. pl. [OE. armes, F. arme, pl. armes, fr. L. arma, pl., arms, orig. fittings, akin to armus shoulder, and E. arm. See Arm, n.]

2. Formerly, one who had care of the arms and armor of a knight, and who dressed him in armor. Shak.

3. One who has the care of arms and armor, cleans or repairs them, etc.

(Ar*mo"ri*al) a. [F. armorial, fr. armoiries arms, coats of arms, for armoieries, fr. OF. armoier to paint arms, coats of arms, fr. armes, fr. L. arma. See Arms, Armory.] Belonging to armor, or to the heraldic arms or escutcheon of a family.

Figures with armorial signs of race and birth.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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