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Dictionary of Vexillology: F (Flammula - Fylfot)
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- 1) A late Roman military flag of elongated shape designed to fly horizontally
and split along its entire length.
- 2) A pre-heraldic flag cut into the form of a flame (see also
Please note, at least one source suggests that flammula 1)
might have been two red streamers attached to a lance.
- A flame shaped flag edge now characteristic of the Far East, but see also
- FLASH COLLAR
- A decorative cover sometimes used at the base of an outdoor flagpole.
- A charge reputedly in the form of a stylized lily, particularly associated
with the former Royal House of France but widely used elsewhere.
The Royal Banner of France (fotw) Flag of Florence,
- FLOTILLA COMMAND PENNANT
- See command pennant.
- 1) That edge or section of a flag, which lies opposite to (or furthest from)
the flagpole, mast or staff (see also Appendix I
- 2) (v) The act of displaying a flag from a flagpole, flag mast or flag staff
(see also 'wear a flag').
- 3) The length of a flag (see also length).
- FLYING LINE
- A short, weighted length of line that is suspended below a helicopter, other slow
moving aircraft or from the forward stumpmast yardarm of a cargo transit vessel on inland
waterways, used to fly a banner, flag or house flag and with the weight adjusted to the
speed of the craft involved in order to keep it vertical but see flying rod below
(also banner 4), 'house flag 1)',
stumpmast and yardarm).
Please note that this term (and flying rod below) has been introduced by
the Editors as no existing established term could be found.
- FLYING ROD
- A short, removable rod that is vertically mounted above and/or below the yardarm of a
stumpmast and which is used for the flying of a house flag or pennant, usually aboard cargo transit
craft on inland waterways - but see flying line above (also
house flag 1),
stumpmast and pennant 2) ).
Please note that this term (and flying line above) has been introduced by the
Editors as no existing established term could be found.
- FORK(ED)-TAIL (or FORK-TAILED)
- See swallow-tailed(ed).
- FOLK FLAG
- A homemade national flag of simplified design.
- FOOTBALL FLAG
- See sports flag.
- FORE, AT THE
- (adv) When a flag is flown at the truck on the foremast of a ship it is described
as being at the fore, and a command flag of a vice-admiral was formerly flown
in this position (see also flag of command,
- FOREMAST (or FORE)
- The forward vertical mast in a three or four masted sailing ship or the forward
mast of a motor vessel regardless of the number of masts (see also
- FORKED ENSIGN
- See swallowtail.
- FRAMED FLAG
- 1) A flag that is designed to be attached both along its hoist to the staff, and along
its top to a side-mounted cross-bar sometimes called a gonfalon (see also
staff 2) and
- 2) See outrigger flag.
Flag of Hirnyk, Ukraine; Flag of Huta, Ukraine (Dov Gutterman)
- A decoration of twisted thread and/or metal attached to edges of a flag intended
for ceremonial and/or indoor use (see also colour 2),
and parade flag).
- FULL ACHIEVEMENT OF ARMS
- See 'achievement of arms' and
- FULL DRESSING
- See dress ship.
- FULL MAST (or FULL STAFF) A FLAG
- (v & adj) To fly a flag in its normal position right up to the truck, a term
generally used after a flag has spent a mourning period at half mast (see also
flag pole, half mast
- FUNERAL FLAGS
- Flags flown from the cars in a funeral cortege or procession, in order to
facilitate keeping that cortege together and to help other drivers avoid breaking
into it, not to be confused with a pall flag or with mourning flags (see also
mourning flag and
pall flag, together with
- 1) (v) To wind (roll up) a colour or national flag around its staff before
it is cased usually done with ceremony (see also
colour (2) and
- 2) (adj) A flag is considered furled when hoisted in a rolled and/or folded
condition prior to being broken out at the truck see
break out (also
- See Appendix III.
- FUSELAGE MARKING
- See fin flash and
- See swastika.