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Ged \Ged\, Gedd \Gedd\, n. The European pike.

Ged (heraldry)

A ged is a heraldic term for the fish known in English as a pike. It is often used in " canting" coats; that is, using coats of arms to make a pun on the last name of the bearer, one of his titles, a nickname, or the name of his estate. The word ged is derived from the Old Norse gaddr (spike). In modern Swedish the word for pike is g├Ądda, In modern Danish the word for pike is gedde and in modern Icelandic, the word is gaddur.


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Ged (Earthsea)

Ged , is the true name of a fictional character in Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea realm. He is introduced in A Wizard of Earthsea, and plays both main and supporting roles in the subsequent Earthsea novels. In most of the Earthsea books he goes by the Hardic name Sparrowhawk.

Usage examples of "ged".

His life is told of in the Deed of Ged and in many songs, but this is a tale of the time before his fame, before the songs were made.

There was a kind of alcove in the west wall of the room, where Ged slept.

In the dark warmth of that house Ged spent the winter, hearing the rush of rain and wind outside or the silence of snowfall, learning to write and read the Six Hundred Runes of Hardic.

Ogion often sent Ged forth to gather herbs on the meadows above Re Albi, and told him to take as long as he liked about it, giving him freedom to spend all day wandering by rainfilled streams and through the woods and over wet green fields in the sun.

Ogion had once said this, but Ged had not paid much attention, though he knew by now that Ogion never told him anything that he had not good reason to tell him.

The mage told him, and at once he named a ship bound for the Inmost Sea aboard which Ged might go as passenger.

There was no place out of the way, but Ged climbed up as well as he could onto the bundled, lashed, and hide-covered cargo in the stern of the ship, and clinging there watched all that passed.

Not for many years did Ged set foot on that land or see the white towers of Havnor Great Port at the center of the world.

The steersman watched for it on each rise of the great waves, and saw it as Ged saw it again, but shouted back that it was only the setting sun.

To Ged, however, it seemed a city, and not knowing where to go he asked the first townsman of Thwil he met where he would find the Warder of the School on Roke.

In that moment Ged understood the singing of the bird, and the language of the water falling in the basin of the fountain, and the shape of the clouds, and the beginning and end of the wind that stirred the leaves: it seemed to him that he himself was a word spoken by the sunlight.

Archmage looked at Ged and looked away, and began to speak in a tongue that Ged did not understand, mumbling as will an old old man whose wits go wandering among the years and islands.

The first place he took Ged was the wardrobe room, where as a student of the school Ged might find himself another such cloak that fitted him, and any other clothing he might need.

Jasper took Ged to sit with a heavyset fellow called Vetch, who said nothing much but shovelled in his food with a will.

He had the accent of the East Reach, and was very dark of skin, not red-brown like Ged and Jasper and most folk of the Archipelago, but black-brown.