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Meaning of MARTLET

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Mart"let\, n. [F. martinet. See {Martin} the bird, and
cf. {Martinet} a disciplinarian.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) The European house martin.

2. [Cf. F. merlette.] (Her.) A bird without beak or feet; --
   generally assumed to represent a martin. As a mark of
   cadency it denotes the fourth son.

 

 

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