- In UK usage now obsolete, a term for the formal housing and display of a colour at
and/or from premises in a municipality where the relevant battalion was temporarily staying
(see also ‘cased’ and
- LOGO (LOGOTYPE or LOGOMARK)
- 1) A design serving as the symbol of a commercial enterprise or educational
establishment, or other entity, that is not a coat of arms, seal, badge or emblem as
defined herein – a logotype or logomark – but see note below (also ‘badge 1) &-3)’,
‘coat of arms’,
all entries under ‘emblem’,
‘house flag 1)’,
‘institutional flag, official’,
institutional flag, unofficial’ and
- 2) A simplified version of an existing badge or of an emblem that is often
used in lieu of these for the same purpose.
Flag of CRAF, France (fotw);
Flag of Brussels Region, Belgium (fotw);
Flag of Sealink, UK (fotw); A Flag of Apple Inc., US (fotw)
Please note that these terms are often misapplied, and care should be taken to ensure that
the device being described is not a seal, badge or emblem as referenced above.
- LOGO ON A BEDSHEET (or LOB)
- A term that is intended to be derogatory, and to describe any flag (but particularly the sub-national flags of the US) bearing
an emblem, badge, seal, shield or arms upon a plain field – a bed sheet flag
or building site flag – but see ‘seal on a bedsheet’ with the note below,
‘armorial ensign’ and
‘seal flag’ (also
‘badge 1) - 3)’,
‘coat of arms 2)’, all entries under
and ‘shield 1)’).
Flag of the State of Nebraska, US (fotw); Flag of
Kansas, US (fotw); Flag of Kentucky, US (fotw); Flag of
Michigan, US (fotw)
Please note that the Editors would suggest a certain degree of caution when using
this term - it was intended to be derogatory and the definition given above could
equally apply to several types of flag (for example the civic/municipal flags of
Japan) to which any such implication would be inappropriate.
- LONE STAR FLAG
- A colloquial term used to describe the flag of the US state of Texas, which was introduced
in 1839.as that of an independent republic (see also ‘state flag 2)’).
Flag of the State of Texas, US (fotw)
- LONG CROSS
- In heraldry see ‘Latin cross’.
Civil Ensign of Jerusalem 1333 – 1921 (fotw)
- LOOP (or LOOP, THE)
- See ‘flag adjutant’ and its following note.
- A term that may be used for the increasingly (but by no means entirely) obsolete practice of fixing
a flag or gonfalon to its pole, staff and/or crossbar by a series of attached fabric loops (see also
‘ties’ with its following note,
‘ring 4)’ and
Gonfalon of Sutivan, Croatia (fotw);
Flag of Duksyn, Ukraine (fotw)
Please note that this is practice is almost certainly based on the earlier use of ties – see
- LORD HIGH ADMIRAL'S FLAG
- See ‘anchor flag 1)’.
Flag of The Lord High Admiral 1685 - 1688, England (fotw)
- LORRAINE CROSS
- See ‘cross of Lorraine’.
Flag and Arms of Skaryszew, Poland (fotw)
- LOWER FLY (or LOWER FLY CANTON)
- In vexillology a term for that quarter of a flag which occupies the lower fly -
the fourth canton or quarter, or lower fly canton (see also 'canton 3)' and
- LOWER HOIST (or LOWER HOIST CANTON)
- In vexillology a term for that quarter of a flag which occupies the lower hoist, -
the third canton or quarter, or the lower hoist canton (see also ‘canton 3)’ and
- In heraldry see ‘abased’.
- LOWERING IN SALUTE
- See ‘dipping’.
- 1) In vexillology the term for a diamond-shape – a rhombus (see also ‘lozenge-throughout’).
2) In heraldry a diamond shape, usually shown with its upper and lower angles
slightly acute – but see the note below, ‘square lozenge’
(also ‘lozengy’, ‘lozengy bendy’
and ‘voided lozenge’).
National Flag of Brazil (fotw); Flag of
Alem Paraíba, Brazil (fotw); Flag of
Ceará, Brazil (fotw); Example
Please note with regard to 2), that in English heraldry a lozenge
is also the escutcheon upon which a spinster or a widow’s coat of arms is placed (see also
‘coat of arms’).
Escutcheon of Kate Middleton before her marriage to HRH Prince William
- LOZENGE-THROUGHOUT (or OVERALL)
- A term that may cover any lozenge (or diamond-shape) whose four points touch the edges
of the flag or panel it occupies – a lozenge or diamond-overall or a diamond-throughout
(see also ‘lozenge 1)’.
Flag of O. D. Ahlers, Germany (fotw);
Flag of KPM, The Netherlands (fotw);
Flag of Cabezarrubias del Puerto, Spain (vexilla hispanica).
These are not established terms but have been introduced by the Editors since no established alternatives could be found.
- See ‘voided lozenge’.
Pennant of the River Police, Croatia (fotw).
- 1) In heraldry, a term for when the field of a banner of arms or shield is covered
with lozenges or diamonds in alternating colours – fusilly (see also ‘banner of arms’,
‘lozenge 2)’ and
‘lozengy bendy’ below).
- 2) In vexillology as above, however, the term may also be applied to a field covered with lozenges or
diamond shapes set at an angle – see ‘lozengy bendy’ below.
Banner of Arms
18th Century, Monaco (fotw);
Arms and Flag of Trinta-e-um de Janeiro 1941 – 1975, Angola (fotw),
Flag and Arms of Balenyà, Spain (fotw & ICH)
Please note however, that on flags this term may also be
applied to a field covered with lozenges or diamond shapes set at an angle such as those
on the flag of the German state of Bavaria, whereas in heraldic practice these would be
lozengy bendy (or bendy sinister).
- LOZENGY BENDY (or BENDY SINISTER)
- The heraldic term used when the field of a shield or banner of arms is covered with lozenges
or diamond shapes in alternating colours and set at an angle – fusilly
bendy or bendy sinister– see ‘bendy’ and ‘bendy
(also ‘banner of arms’, ‘fusil’,
‘lozenge 2)’ and ‘lozengy 1)’ above).
The Arms and Flag of the State of Bavaria, Germany (fotw)
- LT COLONEL’S COLOUR (or COLOR)
- See ‘stand of colours 1)’ and ‘venn’.
Examples of Lt Colonel’s Colours, English c1641 (Željko Heimer, CS and fotw)
- In European heraldry, the term which describes four crescents joined (or
arranged) to form a single charge (see also ‘crescent
Arms and Flag of Oeiras, Portugal (fotw) plus examples of lunels (Wikipedia)
- In principally Scottish heraldic usage, the term for a ship with a single mast and (usually) oars – a birlinn - but see notes below.
Banner of Arms of the
Western Isles, Scotland (fotw); Flag of
Gzira, Malta (fotw)
a) A vessel with oars but more than one mast should be blazoned “galley” – see ‘galley’.
b) In English heraldry a single-masted, medieval nef or cog (with or without oars) is often (but not exclusively) blazoned an “ancient” or “antique ship” – which term can (and does) include sailing vessels with more than one mast – see ‘ancient ship’, ‘cog 2)’ and ‘nef’.