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A VOCABULARY OF VEXILLOLOGY. or…Words Used in the Study of Flags. BASIC FLAG VOCABULARY. field – the background area of a flag; also called the “ground” charge – an emblem or symbol in the center of a flag canton – the top quarter of a flag nearest the flagpole.

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A vocabulary of vexillology

A VOCABULARY OF VEXILLOLOGY

or…Words Used in the Study of Flags


Basic flag vocabulary

BASIC FLAG VOCABULARY

  • field – the background area of a flag; also called the “ground”

  • charge – an emblem or symbol in the center of a flag

  • canton – the top quarter of a flag nearest the flagpole


Words to describe what you might find on a flag

WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND ON A FLAG

  • BICOLOR – 2 bands of color, either horizontal or vertical


Words to describe what you might find on a flag1

WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND ON A FLAG

  • TRICOLOR – 3 bands of color, either horizontal or vertical


Words to describe what you might find on a flag2

WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND ON A FLAG

  • QUARTERED – a field divided into 4 equal quarters


Words to describe what you might find on a flag3

WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND ON A FLAG

  • TRIANGLE – features a triangle of any size


Words to describe what you might find on a flag4

WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND ON A FLAG

  • CROSS – a center cross that divides the field


Words to describe what you might find on a flag5

WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND ON A FLAG

  • SCANDINAVIAN CROSS – a cross that divides the field in which the vertical is left of center


Words to describe what you might find on a flag6

WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND ON A FLAG

  • SALTIRE – an X-shaped cross


Words to describe what you might find on a flag7

WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND ON A FLAG

  • COUPED CROSS – a flag that features a cross with arms that do not reach the edges of the flag.


Words to describe what you might find on a flag8

WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND ON A FLAG

  • FIMBRIATION – a narrow band that acts as a border between 2 colors


Words to describe what you might find on a flag9

WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND ON A FLAG

  • SERRATION – a zigzag edge like the teeth on a saw


Words to describe what you might find on a flag10

WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND ON A FLAG

  • BORDER - A bordered flag has a distinct border around the entire flag, like that of the Maldives.


Another type of flag

ANOTHER TYPE OF FLAG

  • BURGEE - A burgee is a long, tapered flag or pennant that ends in a swallowtail (having two points, like that of a swallow's tail).


Ratio

RATIO

  • RATIO - the ratio of a flag is its proportions - the height divided by the width. The ratio of a flag's dimensions are usually reported as something like 2:3, which would mean that the height is 2/3 of the width, or 1:2, which would mean that the height is half the width.


Color symbolism

COLOR SYMBOLISM

BLACKBlack often represents determination, ethnic heritage, and/or defeating one's enemies.

BLUEBlue often represents freedom, vigilance, perseverance, justice, prosperity, peace, and/or patriotism.


Color symbolism1

COLOR SYMBOLISM

GREENGreen can symbolize the Earth, agriculture, fertility, and/or the Muslim religion.

REDRed often represents courage, revolution, hardiness, blood, and/or valor.


Color symbolism2

COLOR SYMBOLISM

WHITE

White often represents peace, purity, mountain snow, and/or innocence. A simple white flag represents surrender.

REDRed often represents courage, revolution, hardiness, blood, and/or valor.


Color symbolism3

COLOR SYMBOLISM

YELLOW (GOLD)Yellow often represents the sun, wealth, and/or justice.

source: Col, Jeananda. Enchanted Learning. http://www.EnchantedLearning.com 1996

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/flags/glossary.shtml

accessed 5/28/09


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