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gonfanon

[gon-fuh-nuh n] /ˈgɒn fə nən/
noun
1.
a gonfalon that hangs directly from a pole, especially from the shaft of a lance just below the lance head.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English go(u)nfano(u)n < Old French gunfanun, gonfanon, Old Provençal gonfano < Germanic; compare Old High German gund (Old English gūth) battle, German Fahne flag
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gonfalon

/ˈɡɒnfələn/
noun
1.
a banner hanging from a crossbar, used esp by certain medieval Italian republics or in ecclesiastical processions
2.
a battle flag suspended crosswise on a staff, usually having a serrated edge to give the appearance of streamers
Word Origin
C16: from Old Italian gonfalone, from Old French gonfalon, of Germanic origin; compare Old English gūthfana war banner, Old Norse gunnfani
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