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Bordure  n.  (Her.) A border one fifth the width of the shield, surrounding the field. It is usually plain, but may be charged.

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"Bordure" Quotes from Famous Books

... of opinion as to where this word originally was used. I fancy in ancient heraldry; but there the word is "purflew" a "bordure of ermines, peans, or furs," whilst the ancients spell it "purfile," a "trimming for women's gowns." Milton says "to purfle—to embroider." So it seems it has ever been used as an ornamental border, no matter what thing it had to grace, for grace it is: and though not essential to the violin ...
— Violin Making - 'The Strad' Library, No. IX. • Walter H. Mayson

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