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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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(ˈmɑrt lɪt)

a martin, esp. the European house martin, Delichon urbica.
[1530–40; < Middle French martelet, alter. of martinet]
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Martlett coming in?" he asked, "or shall I take it from her at the door?"
On Wednesday Farley, 20, of Martlett Road in West Derby, was handed four months in jail, suspended for 18 months, after admitting affray.
The ideal message of harm-minimisation is that harms can be avoided if people avoid drugs completely (Martlett 1996).
It's available exclusively from Mr Fothergill's, who also have a new gooseberry up for grabs, a hairless variety called Martlett.
LINDA LEWIS WEDNESDAY, BURGESS HILL MARTLETT'S HALL It really is a rum do that the multi-octave marvel that is Ms Lewis's voice has been allowed to wallow in obscurity for so long.
However, the recent merger of Martlett Importer's and Century Importing's marketing departments provided us the catalyst for agency reduction.
Jack Farley, 20, of Martlett Road, in West Derby, was originally arrested on suspicion of assault in February this year.
Between September 13 and 16, the best of Kirin USA's distributors, top management personnel from Martlett Importing and Kirin's own key executives enjoyed a long weekend of golf, gourmet meals and entertaining activities during the 1990 Kirin Cup Golf Classic, held at the Woodlands Inn Resort in Texas.
| Leyfield Road, L12: 2-way temporary signals today near to Martlett Road.
"We're very excited about this year's holiday shopping program," reported Jim Mullahy, director of market and sales planning, Martlett Importing Co.
| Leyfield Road, L12: Carriageway remedial works near Martlett Road will mean two-way temporary signals today.
Cars are left all day parked at the top of Martlett Road causing obstruction but I have not heard Joe Anderson complaining about that.