Definition of canting arms in English:

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canting arms

plural noun

Heraldry
Arms containing an allusion to the name of the bearer.
Example sentences
  • The heron is drawn with a long tuft on its head; it is found in the canting arms of Heron, c.1255.
  • Both of these patents of arms may be termed canting arms which means that they contain a pun on the surname.
  • In England, smooth-feathered corbies are found in depictions of the canting arms of Corbet throughout our period.

Origin

Early 17th century: canting from cant1, in the obsolete sense 'speak, say (in a particular way)'.

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