The tincture red, indicated in seals and engraved figures of escutcheons by parallel vertical lines. Hence, used poetically for a red colour or that which is red. "His sev'n-fold targe a field of gules did stain In which two swords he bore; his word, "Divide and reign."" (P. Fletcher) "Follow thy drum; With man's blood paint the ground; gules, gules." (Shak) "Let's march to rest and set in gules, like suns." (Beau. & Fl)

Origin: OE. Goules, F. Gueules, the same word as gueule throat, OF. Gole, goule, L. Gula. So named from the red colour of the throat. See Gullet, and cf. Gula.

(01 Mar 1998)

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