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- adj. decorated with fleurs-de-lis or other floral motifs arranged in pairs opposite each other: especially on opposite sides of a border on a shield or banner
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Adorned with flowers (usually fleurs-de-lis) so divided that the tops appear on one side and the bottoms on the others; -- said of any ordinary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In heraldry, charged with flowers, such as fleurs-de-lis, which are divided and separated by the whole width of the bearing so charged. Thus, in the illustration the tressure is counter-flory, having half of each fleur-de-lis within and half without.
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Tressure, the fleurs de lys are so disposed that the heads and stalks of the flowers point alternately in contrary directions: this is blazoned as a “_Tressure flory counterflory_.”
Each component half of this “double Tressure flory counterflory,” accordingly, has its own independent series of demi-fleurs de lys, the stalks and heads of the flowers alternating, and the one alternate series pointing externally, while the other points internally.
-- _Quarterly_, 1 _and_ 4, _gules, three lions passant guardant in pale or_ (ENGLAND); 2, _or, a lion rampant within a double tressure flory and counterflory gules_ (SCOTLAND); 3, _azure, a harp or, stringed argent_ (IRELAND).
No. 138, the Royal Shield of SCOTLAND, now displayed in the second quarter of the Royal Arms of the UNITED KINGDOM, is thus blazoned -- _Or, a lion rampt. within a double Tressure flory counterflory, gu.
This is the heraldic description of the arms of Scotland: 'Or, a lion rampant gules, armed and langued azure, within a double tressure flory counterflory of fleur-de-lis of the second.'
* Or, a lion rampant within a double tres - sure flory and counterflory.
-- Single Tressure flory counterflory.] [Illustration: No. 138.
-- Double Tressure flory counterflory.] [Illustration: No. 136.