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Humetty, (fr. alésé), is a term applied to certain ordinaries instead of couped, which is applied to charges, and especially those of animals . Applied to the fesse and the bar, humetty signifies that both ends are cut off so as not to reach to the edge of the shield. Applied to crosses(see Cross, §7) and saltires, all four ends are so treated; and when there is more than one of either of these in the same shield they are to be drawn humetty, though it be not expressed. It does not appear that a bend is ever humetty, and the single bendlet so treated would be blazoned a baton, q.v. Nor has any example been observed of a pale or pile so blazoned; the chevron and the pallet are sometimes couped, but the term humetty seems not to be applied to them.


Sable, a fesse humetty argent--BOSTOCK, Cheshire.

Argent, a fesse engrailed humetty sable, between three chaplets of holly-leaves proper--Nicholas BUBBEWYTH, Bp. of London, 1406; Bp. of Salisbury, 1407; afterwards of Bath and Wells, 1408-24.

Ermine, on three bars humetty gules, nine escallops or three, three, and three--John de DABRICHECOURT, Roll, temp. RIC. II.

Argent, two bendlets humetty purpure--KEYE, Oxon, (gr. 1688).

Gules, a fesse humetty ermine; over all a pale couped ermines--SPONNE.

Per fesse or and argent; in chief three palets couped in base gules--KEITH, Scotland.

Per pale argent and or, three palets couped gules--BARNARDER.

Gules, five palets raguled, trunked, couped or--SOMERVILLE.

The Humet is a term sometimes, but seldom, used for a fesse, or bar humetty, i.e. couped at each of the extremities.

Or, three humets sable, charged with as many annulets argent--AMBROSE, Lancashire.

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