Cadency

In heraldry, cadency is any systematic way of distinguishing otherwise identical coats of arms belonging to members of the same family. Cadency is necessary in heraldic systems in which a given design may be owned by only one person at once, generally the head of the senior line of a particular family. Because heraldic designs may be used by sons ...
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Cadency

• (n.) Descent of related families; distinction between the members of a family according to their ages.
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cadency

(from the article `heraldry`) Cadency is the use of various devices designed to show a man`s position in a family, with the aforementioned basic aim of reserving the entire arms ...
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Cadency

Ca'den·cy noun Descent of related families; distinction between the members of a family according to their ages. Marks of cadency (Her.) , bearings indicating the position of the bearer as older or younger son, or as a descendant of an older or younger son. See Difference ...
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