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es·cutch·eon / iˈskəchən/ • n. 1. a shield or emblem bearing a coat of arms. 2. (also escutcheon plate) a flat piece of metal for protection and often ornamentation, around a keyhole, door handle, or light switch. DERIVATIVES: es·cutch·eoned adj.

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escutcheon a shield or emblem bearing a coat of arms. The word comes (in the late 15th century) from Anglo-Norman French escuchon, based on Latin scutum ‘shield’.
blot on one's escutcheon a stain on one's reputation or character; a figurative phrase recorded from the late 17th century.

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escutcheon Depressed area, variable in shape, which is found to the posterior of the shell beaks of certain bivalves. Compare LUNULE.

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escutcheoncongestion, digestion, ingestion, question, suggestion •richen • Chibchan •Christian, unchristian •exhaustion •escutcheon, scutcheon •combustion • birchen

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escutcheon A depressed area, variable in shape, which is found to the posterior of the beaks of certain Bivalvia.

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escutcheon XV. — AN., ONF. escuchon (OF. escusson, mod. écusson) :- Rom. *scũtiō, -ōn-, f. L. scũtum shield.