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Pean Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    pean n
  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]
Pean Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Paean \P[ae]"an\ (p[=e]`an), n. [L. paean, Gr. paia`n, fr. Paia`n the physician of the gods, later, Apollo. Cf. P[ae]on, Peony.] [Written also pean.]
  1. An ancient Greek hymn in honor of Apollo as a healing deity, and, later, a song addressed to other deities.
  2. Any loud and joyous song; a song of triumph. --Dryden. ``Public p[ae]ans of congratulation.'' --De Quincey.
  3. See P[ae]on.
Pean Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Pean \Pean\, n. [OF. pene, F. panne.] (Her.) One of the furs, the ground being sable, and the spots or tufts or.
Pean Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Pean \Pe"an\, n. A song of praise and triumph. See P[ae]an.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Pean'


Ermine is a heraldic fur representing the winter coat of the stoat (white with a black tail). Many skins would be sewn together to make a luxurious garment, producing a pattern of small black spots on a white field. The conventional representation of the tails (commonly called ermine spots) is part of the tincture itself, rather than a pattern of charges, though the ermine spot is also used as a single charge (often as a mark of cadency). The ermine spot has had a wide variety of shapes over the centuries; its most usual representation has three tufts at the end (bottom), converges to a point at the root (top), and is attached by three studs.

On a bend ermine, the tails follow the line of the bend. In the arms of William John Uncles, the field ermine is cut into bendlike strips by the three bendlets azure, so the ermine tails are (unusually) depicted bendwise.

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