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martlet

[ mahrt-lit ]
/ ˈmɑrt lɪt /
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noun
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.
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Origin of martlet

1530–40; <Middle French martelet, variant of martinet;see martin, -et
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British Dictionary definitions for martlet

martlet
/ (ˈmɑːtlɪt) /

noun
an archaic name for a martin
heraldry a footless bird often found in coats of arms, standing for either a martin or a swallow

Word Origin for martlet

C16: from French martelet, variant of martinet, diminutive of martin
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