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Italian heraldic dictionary

Palo

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honorable piece consisting of a portion of the shield placed vertically and passing through the center, a third of the overall width of the shield itself. It can have the contour lines with alternating battlements ("double-edged") or opposite ("double-edged"), or crenellated on one side only ("crenellated"); it can be of less than normal width ("diminished"), with zigzag contour lines ("rippled"), wavy ("wavy"), or with the extremes that tend to widen ("license").
Images taken from the valuable work "Raccolta Ceramelli Papiani"