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gules

[gyoolz] /gyulz/
noun
1.
the tincture red.
adjective
2.
of the tincture red:
a lion gules.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English goules < Old French gueules red fur neckpiece, derivative of gole throat < Latin gula
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  • Two days later heavy gules sprang up, lasting three days.
  • Nearly two centuries fled before the grand- the tincture gules, the charges azure.
British Dictionary definitions for gules

gules

/ɡjuːlz/
adjective, noun (usually postpositive)
1.
(heraldry) red
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gueules red fur worn around the neck, from gole throat, from Latin gulagullet
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Word Origin and History for gules

"red," in heraldic descriptions, c.1300, from Old French goules "neckpiece of (red) fur," plural of gole, guele "throat," from Latin gula "throat" (see gullet).

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