from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See allerion.

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  • noun heraldry A heraldic eagle, especially one depicted without legs and beak.


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  • The alerion is a bird like an eagle; it is lord over all other birds. It is the color of fire, is larger than an eagle, and its wings are as sharp as a razor. The is only one pair in the world. When she is sixty years old, the female lays two eggs, which take sixty days to hatch. When the young are born, the parents, accompanied by a retinue of other birds, fly to the sea, plunge in, and drown. The other birds return to the nest to care for the young alerion until they are old enough to fly.

    This tale is told in the Bestiaire of Pierre de Beauvais; a similar tale is found in the letter of Prester John on the marvels of the east.

    October 12, 2008