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martlet (plural martlets)

  1. (obsolete) A bird, the martin.
    • 1862, William Tiler, The Natural History of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects, &c
      “As in a drought the thirsty creatures cry,
      And gape upon the gather'd clouds for rain;
      Then, first, the Martlet meets it in the sky,
      And, with wet wings, joys all the feather'd train.”
  2. (heraldic charge) A depiction of a bird similar to a house martin or swallow with stylized feet.

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