| Parts of a bishop's coat of arms
Impalement: The joining of two coats of arms side by side.
Dexter: The right-hand side of the shield, which is on the viewer's left.
Sinister: While sinister in heraldry means "left-handed," on a coat of arms this is the right hand of the viewer. The right hand of the shield is the left hand of the viewer.
Azure in chief: Azure is a name for one shade of the color blue. The word comes from the Old French and Middle English languages.
Chief: The top of the shield.
Base: The bottom of the shield.
Sinister base quarter: The left-hand bottom quarter of the shield.
Dexter base quarter: The right-hand bottom quarter of the shield.
Charges: Figures on a colored field.
External embellishments: Ornamentation surrounding the shield, such as tassels.
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