- a nestling, usually a hawk.
- Falconry. a young falcon or hawk taken from the nest for training.
Also especially British, ey·ass.
Origin of eyas
1480–90; variant of nyas, nias (a nyas taken as an eyas) < Middle French niais nestling, derivative of Latin nīdus nest
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Examples from the Web for eyas
Are we to suppose the following lines of Plautus to have been delivered by an "eyas?"The Fairy Mythology
The old pointer is summoned; "The Princess," an eyas falcon in the second plumage, is hooded; and the walk is commenced.
Such is a sketch of the training in modern times of the eyas or young bird.
For my part, I will say freely, that I was wrong from beginning to end, except about the washing of the eyas's meat.The Abbot
Sir Walter Scott
- a nestling hawk or falcon, esp one reared for training in falconry
C15: mistaken division of earlier a nyas, from Old French niais nestling, from Latin nīdus nest
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