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planta genista

[plan-tuh] /ˈplæn tə/
noun, Heraldry.
1.
a representation of a sprig of broom: used as a badge of the Plantagenets.
Origin of planta genista
< New Latin: broom plant; see plant, genista
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  • From the sprig of broom (planta genista) that his father, Geoffrey of Anjou, is said to have worn as a badge.

    A History of England Charles Oman
  • As the Plantagenets had their “planta genista,” the broom; so the Dymokes would seem to have had their “oak.”

  • Fig. 677 represents the famous badge of the "broom-cod" or "planta genista," from which the name of the dynasty was derived.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

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