Definition of canting arms in English:

canting arms

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noun

Heraldry
  • Arms containing an allusion to the name of the bearer.
    More 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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