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es•cutch•eon



Pronunciation: (i-skuch'un), [key]
n.
1. a shield or shieldlike surface on which a coat of arms is depicted. See illus. under coat of arms.
2. an ornamental or protective plate around a keyhole, door handle, drawer pull, light switch, etc.
3. Naut.a panel on the stern of a vessel bearing its name and port of registry.
4. blot on one's escutcheon, a stain on one's reputation; disgrace.

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