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Emmet (heraldry)

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Emmet (heraldry)

The Emmet, also called the ant and the pismire, is an heraldic charge in European heraldry, particularly in British and German heraldry.



The emmet is understood as a symbol of hard work and of wisdom. In his A Display of Heraldrie (1610), John Guillim of the English College of Arms says:

"By the Emmet or Pismire may be signified a Man of great Labour, Wisdom, and Providence in all his Affairs, and of a pregnant and ready Memory."

Examples from Britain

  • Massy: argent a bend azure between three emmets sable
  • References

    Emmet (heraldry) Wikipedia

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