martlet definition

  • noun:
    • See house martin.
    • Heraldry A representation of a bird without foot, utilized as a crest or bearing to point a fourth boy.
    • A mythical bird, frequently used in heraldry, which possessed no foot.
    • The European residence martin.
    • A bird without beak or foot; -- typically believed to portray a martin. As a mark of cadency it denotes the 4th child.
    • The martin, a bird.
    • In heraldry, a bird represented aided by the wings sealed and without feet, but usually keeping the tufts of feathers which cover the legs.

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