martlet(redirected from Martlett)
1. See house martin.
2. Heraldry A representation of a bird without feet, used as a crest or bearing to indicate a fourth son.
[French martelet, from Martin, Saint Martin of Tours.]
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1. (Animals) an archaic name for a martin
2. (Heraldry) heraldry a footless bird often found in coats of arms, standing for either a martin or a swallow
[C16: from French martelet, variant of martinet, diminutive of martin]
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a martin, esp. the European house martin, Delichon urbica.
[1530–40; < Middle French martelet, alter. of martinet]
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