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A short strap fastened around the leg of a hawk or other bird used in falconry, to which a leash may be fastened.
tr.v. jessed, jess·ing, jess·es
To put jesses or a jess on (a hawk, for example).
(Falconry) a short leather strap, one end of which is permanently attached to the leg of a hawk or falcon while the other can be attached to a leash
(Falconry) (tr) to put jesses on (a hawk or falcon)
[C14: from Old French ges, from Latin jactus a throw, from jacere to throw]
a short strap fastened around the leg of a hawk and attached to the leash.
[1300–50; Middle English ges < Old French ges, gez, getz < Latin jactus a throwing, derivative of jac(ere) to throw]
Past participle: jessed