Martlet

A martlet in English heraldry is a heraldic charge depicting a stylized bird similar to that of a house martin or swallow, though missing legs. A similar charge is found in French heraldry, known as a merlette, which refers to a duck-like bird with a swan-neck, truncated beak and missing legs. ==Etymology== The word `martlet` is derived from the.....
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Martlet

• (n.) The European house martin. • (n.) A bird without beak or feet; -- generally assumed to represent a martin. As a mark of cadency it denotes the fourth son.
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Martlet

Mart'let noun [ French martinet . See Martin the bird, and confer Martinet a disciplinarian.] 1. (Zoology) The European house martin. 2. [ Confer French merlette .] (Her.) A bird without beak or feet; -- generally assumed to represent a ma...
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martlet

heraldic representation of a bird without feet
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Martlet

In heraldry a martlet is a bird without a beak or feet. It is generally assumed to represent a martin. As a cadency mark it denotes the fourth son.
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