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  1. simple past tense and past participle of disclose



  1. (heraldry, of wings) Expanded, spread; (of a winged creature) with its wings extended or spread.
    • 1854, Hugh Clark; Thomas Wormull, An Introduction to Heraldry, page 137:
      Azure, a harpy with her wings disclosed, her hair flotant or, armed of the same. This coat stands in Huntingdon church.
    • 1880, Thomas Spencer Baynes, The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature, page 700:
      Culcheth of Culcheth: argent, an eagle disclosed, preyant on a child in a mantle gules, wattled or. This is the crest of Stanley, well known in Lancashire as the bird and bantling.
    • 1967, Colin Clair, Unnatural History: An Illustrated Bestiary:
      Guillim [in Display of Heraldry] shows another coat of arms, a shield with "a Harpey disclosed in her wings."

Usage notes[edit]

  • Some sources specify that a bird with wings disclosed has them pointing downward.