[bot-n-ey, bot-n-ey]
adjective Heraldry.
(of a cross) having arms terminating in the form of a trefoil: cross botonée. See illus. under cross.
Also, botonnée, botony, botonny [bot-n-ee] .

1565–75; < Middle French: covered with buds, equivalent to boton bud, button + -ée; see -ee Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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in heraldry, from O.Fr. botoné (Mod.Fr. boutonné) "covered with buds," pp. of boutonner "to bud," from bouton "bud, button," 12c., from a Germanic source.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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