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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Archaic Pale.
  • adj. Heraldry Divided into several equal parts by perpendicular lines. Used of a field.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. vertically striped

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pale; wanting color; dim.
  • adj. Divided into four or more equal parts by perpendicular lines, and of two different tinctures disposed alternately.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In heraldry, divided into four or more equal parts by perpendicular lines: as, paly of six argent and gules.
  • Pale; wanting color.
  • n. Same as pale, 1.
  • n. A roll of bran such as is given to hounds.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French pale, from pal, stake; see pale1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare French pal├ę. See pale a stake. (Wiktionary)

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