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martlet

[mahrt-lit] /ˈmɑrt lɪt/
noun
1.
British Dialect. a house martin.
2.
Heraldry. a representation of a swallow close and without legs, used especially as the cadency mark of a fourth son.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Middle French martelet, variant of martinet; see martin, -et
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martlet

/ˈmɑːtlɪt/
noun
1.
an archaic name for a martin
2.
(heraldry) a footless bird often found in coats of arms, standing for either a martin or a swallow
Word Origin
C16: from French martelet, variant of martinet, diminutive of martin
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