- British Dialect. a house martin.
- Heraldry. a representation of a swallow close and without legs, used especially as the cadency mark of a fourth son.
Origin of martlet
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Martlet and I both feel that we must have the north-west tower.The Young Castellan
George Manville Fenn
The Swallow, as distinct from the martlet, is sometimes met with.
Most heraldry books state also that the martlet has no beak.
The Martlet is practically always represented in profile, at rest, and with its wings closed.The Handbook to English Heraldry
Some writers confound it with the martlet, stating that the alerion is the same bird with its wings displayed or extended.Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures in Art
- an archaic name for a martin
- heraldry a footless bird often found in coats of arms, standing for either a martin or a swallow
C16: from French martelet, variant of martinet, diminutive of martin
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