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Term Source Meaning Illustration
Icarus Cadet Camp Borden. Vol I, P 32 Icarus was the son of Daedalus, the creator of the Cretan labyrinth. In attempting to escape form Crete, with wings created by his father, his pride made him fly too high, his wings being melted by the sun. The allusion, in this context, is to flying as high as one can, but with avoidance of excessive pride.
Icelandic Falcon Gray, D.J., Vol V, P 381 This Falcon refers to the Grantee’s Icelandic heritage.
Ichthus Ecclesiastical Province of Canada The charge fesswise in these arms is the ichthus (Greek "" fish), the oldest known symbol of Christianity. It must have been used as a charge in Britain, but I can find no mention of it in any of the standard heraldic diction-aries. It is always shown as a simple outline of a fish, made of two curving lines.
Igloo Gilmour, J.G. The temporary snow-block dwelling used by the Inuit people.
Indian Corn Town of Ridgetown, ON. Vol III, P 307 Indian Corn (also known as maize) was named when the first explorers thought that their destination was the shores of India. It is a classical North American agricultural product. In this case, it suggests the agricultural nature of the community.
Infinity Sign White, R.A., Vol V, P 162 The Infinity Sign, seen here in chief between the two trillium flowers, is a mathematical symbol.
Inking Ball Davies,M.R.L. Vol IV, P 291 The Inking Ball is employed by hand-printers to apply ink to the typeface. It is used heraldically to suggest printing and newspaper publishing.
Inkwell Bryant, J.B. Vol VI, P 257 The Inkwell at the centre of these arms refers to the grantee’s work as a secretary to eight Governors General.
Inuit Drum Irniq, P. Vol. IV, P 133 The Inuit Drum is an important part of Inuit culture.
Inukshuk Cadet SU (Northern) A structure built of rough stones, resembling the figure of a man, constructed usually on a local prominence by the Inuit and used as a guide.
Iota-Chi Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton, NB. Vol III, P14 The Greek Letters Iota Chi represent the words Jesus Christ in Greek. The monogram represents the name of the Cathedral.
Irate Ontario Regiment A cat statant guardant irate Or. A more "heraldic" sounding word than angry
Irish Wolfound Shaunessy, T.G. Vol VI, P305 The Irish Wolfhound is a very large “sight hound” from Ireland. The name originates from its purpose, wolf hunting with dogs, rather than its appearance. It is the tallest of all dog breeds.
Iron, Alchemic Symbol Bogie An annulus with an arrow pointing diagonally to the sinister (resembles the commonly-used symbol for the male sex).
Iroquois Warrior Ville de Lasalle, Quebec. Vol II, P 170 The Iroquois Warrior supporting the dexter side of the arms alludes to the contact between the great explorer Robert de La Salle and members of the Iroquois nation when he negotiated with them at Cataraqui in 1672 on behalf of Frontenac, the governor of New France. They later became the great native enemies of the French in North America.
Iroquois Warrior (Head) HMCS Iroquois. Vol V, P 414 The Iroquois were a group of First Nation tribes that originated in northern New York and later emigrated to Canada.