from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See house martin.
- n. Heraldry A representation of a bird without feet, used as a crest or bearing to indicate a fourth son.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mythical bird, often used in heraldry, which possessed no feet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The European house martin.
- n. A bird without beak or feet; -- generally assumed to represent a martin. As a mark of cadency it denotes the fourth son.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The martin, a bird.
- n. In heraldry, a bird represented with the wings closed and without feet, but often retaining the tufts of feathers which cover the thighs.
French martelet, from Martin, Saint Martin of Tours.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)