We perceive there only the jesses, or leathern strings with tassels at the ends, which serve to retain the bird.
Having seen the cormorants, they begin tugging excitedly at their jesses.
The jesses were of crimson and yellow silk, its legs fancifully adorned with little bells fastened by rings of leather.
Dr. Hedge's clear and chiselled statements cut all the jesses of our thoughts, and they rise unhooded into his still air.
The huntsmen paid the money, took the hawk, and the old man took off its jesses.
The one that held the falcon was covered with an embroidered leather glove, but the other was bare, holding a set of jesses.
But, he concluded, jesses goin to fight like hell against bein bound over.
The falconer of war had unhooded his new brood of hawks and they mounted up, free of bells and jesses.
Xenomanes was patching up an old weather-beaten lantern with a hawk's jesses.
Possibly the jesses so used were very short, so that the risk of “hooking up” did not arise.
masc. proper name, biblical father of David, from Latin, from Greek Iessai, from Hebrew Yishay, of unknown origin.
leg-strap used in hawking and falconry, mid-14c., from Old French jes "straps fastened round the legs of a falcon," plural of jet, literally "cast, throw," from Latin iactus "a throw, cast," from iacere (see jet (v.)). Related: Jesses.