tercel


tercel

noun Falconry.

  1. the male of a hawk, especially of a gyrfalcon or peregrine.

noun

  1. a male falcon or hawk, esp as used in falconry

n.“male falcon,” late 14c., from Old French tercel (c.1200), from Medieval Latin tertiolus, from Latin tertius “third, a third,” from root of tres “three” (see three). Various theories as to why it is called this; one says it’s because the males are a third smaller than the females, another because a third egg in the nest (smaller than the other two) is believed always to produce a male bird.

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