[ ahy-uh s ]
/ ˈaɪ əs /


a nestling, usually a hawk.
Falconry. a young falcon or hawk taken from the nest for training.

Nearby words

  1. exuviae,
  2. exuviate,
  3. eyak,
  4. eyalet,
  5. eyam,
  6. eyck,
  7. eyck, van,
  8. eye,
  9. eye appeal,
  10. eye bank

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

  • The old pointer is summoned; "The Princess," an eyas falcon in the second plumage, is hooded; and the walk is commenced.

  • Are we to suppose the following lines of Plautus to have been delivered by an "eyas?"

    The Fairy Mythology|Thomas Keightley
  • 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
  • Such is a sketch of the training in modern times of the eyas or young bird.

British Dictionary definitions for eyas


/ (ˈaɪəs) /


a nestling hawk or falcon, esp one reared for training in falconry

Word Origin for eyas

C15: mistaken division of earlier a nyas, from Old French niais nestling, from Latin nīdus nest

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