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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Martlet \Mart"let\, n. [F. martinet. See Martin the bird, and cf. Martinet a disciplinarian.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zool.) The European house martin. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]