Erect: the term used by heralds for upright, as of heads of animals, fishes, &c.; also of lions' tails, placed perpendicularly; and of the hand in the baronet's badge. The word should not be used with relation to any charge, the natural position of which is upright, as a flower or a tree; it is very properly used for leaves and fruit, of which the natural position is pendent. The word is also supposed to be more properly used of certain animals and reptiles instead of rampant, and of crabs and lobsters instead of haurient; it is sometimes applied even to fish, though perhaps improperly. Insects also are found blazoned as erect, e.g. bees, q.v.
Argent, three boar's heads erased erected sable--John BOOTHE, Bp. of Exeter, 1465-78.
Gules on a sinister hand couped and erect proper, a human heart of the field charged with a cross argent--MULENCAR, Amsterdam.
Argent, three crabs erect sable--ALLYM or AUDLYM.
Sable, three salmons erect argent, two and one; a chief or--KIDSON, Bishopwearmouth, Durham.
Gules, three fishes erect or, two and one--O'CAHANE, Ireland.