1) An obsolete spelling of leopard, the animal which was once considered to be a hybrid between a lion and a ‘pard’ or panther (OED).

It was popular as a decorative motif: 1430 unum ciphum argenti signatum cum uno liberd in capite coopertorii, Woolley

1433 unum lectum de blod cum libardhedes, Swine

1454 ij liberdhedis in le knop, Whitkirk

1522 ij lybards of goold, York

1568 a Standing Cuppe with a Cover and within the cover the lione and libarde face, Healaugh.

dates 1430 1433 1454 1568

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