(2 syl.). A border round a shield in heraldry. The origin of the
tressure in the royal arms of Scotland is traced by heralds to the
ninth century. They assert that Charlemagne granted it to King Achaius
of Scotland in token of alliance, and as an assurance that “the lilies
of France should be a defence to the lion of Scotland.” Chalmers
insinuates that these two monarchs did not even know of each other's
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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