from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Heraldry Indented along the edge with small curves.
  • adjective Having an edge or a margin formed by a series of raised dots.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In heraldry, cut into concave semicircular indents: said of a line and also of the bearing, such as a fesse, bordure, or the like, whose edge is broken in this way: as, a bordure engrailed. Also engreslé.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Her.) Indented with small concave curves, as the edge of a bordure, bend, or the like.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective heraldry having an edge or border indented with semicircles with points outwards. Usually the saltire and the dexter edge of the border of the shield both have cuts along their entire length the shape of crescent moons.
  • noun A European moth, Ectropis crepuscularia.


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

[Middle English engreled, from Old French engresle, bordered by fine toothlike projections with rounded hollows between them (used of heraldic charges) , from past participle of engresler, to make thin : en-, causative pref.; see en– + gresle, slender, tapered (from Latin gracilis).]



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