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1 (ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity) [syn: paean]
2 a formal expression of praise [syn: encomium, eulogy, panegyric, paean]

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  1. alternative spelling of paean
  2. alternative spelling of peen

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In heraldry, ermine is one of the furs used in blazon, representing the skin of the stoat, known in medieval Latin as armenius (Armenian (mouse)). In winter the stoat has white fur and a black tail; heraldic ermine represents a number of skins sewn together, forming a pattern of sable (black) spots on argent (white). The tail or "ermine spot" has been represented in many ways; the illustrations here show the most usual form.
Besides black-on-white, at least three variants of ermine are considered tinctures rather than simply a field of a particular colour or metal semy of ermine spots of another colour or metal. A field of ermines (or counter-ermine) is sable with argent spots. A field of erminois is Or with sable spots, while a field of pean is sable with Or spots.
Other combinations of tinctures are explicitly stated, as in "gules ermined argent" (red with white ermine spots).
pean in Catalan: Ermini (heràldica)
pean in Spanish: Armiño heráldico
pean in French: Hermine (héraldique)
pean in Italian: Armellino
pean in Hungarian: Hermelin (heraldika)
pean in Dutch: Hermelijn (heraldiek)
pean in Japanese: アーミン (紋章学)
pean in Portuguese: Arminho (heráldica)
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