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Origin of kestrel
- Probably from obsolete French cresserelle from Old French cresserele probably from cresselle clacker, kestrel
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English castrel (“staniel, bird of prey”), from Middle French cresserelle, crecerelle (“bird of prey”), derivative of crecelle (“rattle, wooden reel”), of obscure origin.