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The heraldic term for black. According to The Blazon of Gentrie it signifies the following:

  1. Planets: Saturn
  2. Precious Stones: diamond, agate, or Chelydoin
  3. Virtues: Prudence and Constance
  4. Celestial signs: Capricorn and Aquarius
  5. Months: December and January
  6. Days of the Week: Saturday
  7. Ages of Man: Decrepit old age
  8. Flowers: The aubifaine
  9. Elements: Earth
  10. Seasons of the Year: Winter
  11. Complexions: Melancholy
  12. Numbers: 5, 8
  13. Metals: Iron and Lead

See colour.

Its name comes from a small furry animal kin to the marten, which can have natural lustrous black fur (though in heraldry it is classed as a colour not a fur).