Martlet meaning

märtlĭt
(heraldry) A representation of a bird without feet, used as a crest or bearing to indicate a fourth son.
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The Old World house martin.
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(heraldry) A representation of a bird without feet, used as a crest or bearing.
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A mythical bird, often used in heraldry, which possessed no feet.
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Origin of martlet

  • French martelet from Martin , Saint Martin of Tours

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition