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Emmet (heraldry)

The arms of Multia, Finland, a rare example of the use of a simple emmet (or ant) in heraldry

The Emmet, also called the ant and the pismire, is an heraldic charge in European heraldry, particularly in British and German heraldry.


  • Significance 1
  • Examples from Britain 2
  • Gallery 3
  • Notes 4


The emmet is understood as a symbol of hard work and of wisdom. In his A Display of Heraldrie (1610), John Guillim of the English College of Arms says:
"By the Emmet or Pismire may be signified a Man of great Labour, Wisdom, and Providence in all his Affairs, and of a pregnant and ready Memory."[1]

Examples from Britain

  • Massy: argent a bend azure between three emmets sable[2]



  1. ^ John Guillim, A Display of Heraldry, 1724 edition, p. 202
  2. ^ Thomas Robson, The British herald; or, Cabinet of armorial bearings of the nobility & gentry of Great Britain & Ireland, from the earliest to the present time (1830), p. 228
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