October 10th, 2017

Monday-ish word: jess

jess (jĕs)
plural jesses
(noun) A short strap fastened around the leg of a hawk or other bird used in falconry.
(verb) To put jesses on.

Etymology:  old French jet, something thrown

Last year I stumbled across a barn sale that had a box of free items, including a frog song identification cassette tape and a well-worn pair of jesses.  I took the frog tape and left the falconry equipment.  Tough call, but I have a cassette player, and I don't have a falcon.