a) A creature that is shown with one hoof or paw raised should be blazoned
passant as referenced above.
b) In modern heraldry the term is sometimes also applied to two-legged-creatures such as birds.
4) In US military usage a term, now obsolete, for one of the colours carried
by a unit of state militia or volunteers (usually when mustered into federal service)
as the second colour along with a national colour of the same design as that used
by regiments of the regular army.
Naval Ensign and National Colours of Italy, Colours of the State of
New Mexico, US
2) A term used to denote that flag flown on vessels operated by the government agencies
of a sub national entity but see ‘admiralty flag 2)’
(also ‘state flag 2)’) .
State/Government Ensign of Belgium (fotw); State Ensign of
Hamburg, Germany (fotw)
1) A variant of the national flag (or occasionally a completely different
design) which is restricted by law or custom (theoretically or actually) to use
by a country's government, and can often differ from the national flag by the
addition of a coat of arms or emblem – the government flag or federal service
flag (see also
‘coat of arms’,
‘emblem, national’ and
‘national flag’, together with ‘government
ensign’ and ‘naval ensign’ listed under ‘ensign’).
Please note with regard to 2), that that the sub-national flag of a state (such as those of the US) should always referred to as the flag of the state of as referenced above to avoid confusion with 1).
The State Service Flag and Civil Flag of Saxony, Germany
The State Service Flag of Styria, Austria (fotw)
1) See ‘national symbols’.
2) Those things, often established by law, which have been adopted as being symbolic of
a sub-national entity particularly when that entity is called a state, these may include the
flag of the state, and the state coat of arms or emblem, the state colours and possibly a
motto, a plant, an animal and/or a bird etc (see also ‘flag of the state of’
and ‘state colours 2)’).
Some Symbols of the State of New Mexico, US: Flag of the State, State
Seal and State Colours (fotw,
ICH and CS)
A heavy high mast supported by means of stay cables. Stayed masts are often
erected at sea training establishments with proper main and top yards for seamanship
training purposes or at yacht clubs, and are fitted with a main yard gaff for
the hoisting of an ensign (see also
‘sailor’s mast’ and