escutcheon
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ɪˈskʌtʃən/
Noun

escutcheon (plural escutcheons)

  1. (heraldry) An individual or corporate coat of arms.
  2. (heraldiccharge) A small shield used to charge a larger one.
  3. (medicine) The pattern of distribution of hair upon the pubic mound.
  4. A marking upon the back of a cow's udder and the space above it (the perineum), formed by the hair growing upward or outward instead of downward. It was once taken as an index of milking qualities.
    Synonyms: milk mirror
  5. (nautical) The part of a ship's stern where its name is displayed.
  6. A decorative and/or protective plate or bezel to fill the gap between a switch, pipe, valve, control knob, etc., and the surface from which it protrudes.
  7. The insignia around a doorknob's exterior hardware or a door lock's cosmetic plate.
  8. The depression behind the beak of certain bivalves; the ligamental area.
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