Sanguine (heraldry)

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Class Stain
Non-heraldic equivalent Blood red
Monochromatic designations
Hatching pattern  
Tricking abbr. Oroszlán állatjegy.jpg
Poetic designations
Heavenly body Dragon's Tail
Jewel Sardonyx

Sanguine (/ˈsæŋɡwɪn/) is a stain, or non-standard tincture in heraldry, of a blood-red colour. In the past it was sometimes taken to be equivalent to murrey, but they are now considered two distinct tinctures. It is a brownish red, the colour of arterial blood.[1]

The Coat of arms of Latvia feature a ribbon sanguine.

Roundels of sanguine are referred to as guzes, from the Turkish göz, meaning an eye.


  1. ^ Heraldic dictionary at Flags of the World. Accessed 14 July 2009.

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