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 n&imacron;dus, nest; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
OriginSee also: eyass
Alteration of nyas, by misanalysis of ‘a nyas’ as ‘an eyas’.