an unfledged bird; nestling; esp., a young hawk taken from its nest for training in falconry
Origin of eyasME, by faulty division (infl. by ey, egg) of a nyas, a niais from Old French niais, nestling from Vulgar Latin an unverified form nidax from Classical Latin nidus, nest
A nestling hawk or falcon, especially one to be trained for falconry.
Origin of eyasMiddle English eias from an eias alteration of a nias an eyas from Old French niais from Latin nīdus nest ; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
OriginSee also: eyass
Alteration of nyas, by misanalysis of ‘a nyas’ as ‘an eyas’.