[ ahy-uh s ]
/ ˈaɪ əs /


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

  • 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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