Her. A cross whose arms expand towards their ends, with floriate decorations. [MdEngl. < potent = a crutch with a cross-piece]

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  • Patonce — Pa*tonce (p[.a]*t[o^]ns ), a. [Cf. F. patte d once paw of an ounce.] (Her.) Having the arms growing broader and floriated toward the end; said of a cross. See Illust. 9 of {Cross}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patonce — pa·tonce …   English syllables

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