from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In heraldry, a representation of the rook or castle in the game of chess, used as a bearing. It is a modern bearing, and is drawn in various fantastic ways.


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  • The two beautifully carved figures of a knight and his lady that lie in the Bruce Chapel are not Bruces for the surcoat of the man is adorned with the arms of the Rockcliffes -- an heraldic chess-rook and three lions 'heads.

    The Evolution of an English Town Gordon Home 1923


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