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alerion

[uh-leer-ee-uh n, -on]
noun Heraldry.
  1. an eagle displayed, usually represented without a beak or legs.
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Origin of alerion

1595–1605; < French alérionFrankish *adalaron-; cognate with Old High German adelare noble eagle (German Adler eagle), from distinction made in falconry between noble and ignoble birds of prey, equivalent to adal noble + *aron- eagle; see erne
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Examples from the Web for alerion

Historical Examples

  • Some writers confound it with the martlet, stating that the alerion is the same bird with its wings displayed or extended.

    Fictitious &amp; Symbolic Creatures in Art

    John Vinycomb

  • The Alerion is a small bird of the eagle tribe, heraldically depicted as without beak or feet.

  • A curious form of the eagle is found in the alerion, which is represented without beak or legs.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies