Definition of jess in English:


Syllabification: jess


(usually jesses)
  • A short leather strap that is fastened around each leg of a hawk, usually also having a ring or swivel to which a leash may be attached.
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    • It has leather jesses on its legs, which are used by falconers and people who take the birds out to hunt.
    • Birds were tethered by jesses to Astroturf-covered perches.
    • She rarely dreamed, but she did that night, fretful visions of tight-held jesses and the clipping of wings.


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  • Put jesses on (a hawk).


Middle English: from Old French ges, based on Latin jactus 'a throw', from jacere 'to throw'.

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