from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of wyvern.
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- n. Alternative spelling of wyvern.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In heraldry, a monster whose fore part is that of a dragon with its fore legs and wings, while the hinder part has the form of a serpent with a barbed tail.
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- n. a fire-breathing dragon used in medieval heraldry; had the head of a dragon and the tail of a snake and a body with wings and two legs
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And while the fallen king stared with burning eyes that reflected the bitter rage and humiliation that ate his heart, the squires stripped Valannus of mail shirt, burganet and leg-pieces, and clad him in Conan's armor of black plate-mail, with the vizored salade, and the dark plumes nodding over the wivern crest.
In the foreground in front of each monk was a plant of the deadly nightshade, and over his head a sprig of the same, while in the lower part was the figure of a wivern -- _i. e._ a viper or dragon with a serpent-like tail -- this being the device of Thomas Plantagenet, the second Earl of Lancaster, who was highly esteemed by the monks.
He bore no arms save the long and heavy sword which hung at his saddle-bow; but Terlake carried in front of him the high wivern - crested bassinet, Ford the heavy ash spear with swallow-tail pennon, while Alleyne was entrusted with the emblazoned shield.
He bore no arms save the long and heavy sword which hung at his saddle-bow; but Terlake carried in front of him the high wivern-crested bassinet,
He bore no arms save the long and heavy sword which hung at his saddle-bow; but Terlake carried in front of him the high wivern-crested bassinet, Ford the heavy ash spear with swallow-tail pennon, while Alleyne was entrusted with the emblazoned shield.
The wivern, the crest of the Herberts, did not appear; nor, so far as I could learn, does the fabric itself afford any clue to him who was the principal author of its restoration.
_Sable, a fess wavy between two pole stars argent_, and for crest, _a ship on a globe under ruff_, with a cable held by a hand coming out of the clouds; the motto _Auxilio divino_, and beneath, _Sic parvis magna_; in the rigging of the ship _a wivern gules_, the arms of sir Bernard Drake, _hung up by the heels_.
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