Tiercel meaning

tîrsəl
A male hawk, esp. the male peregrine.
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A male hawk or falcon, used in falconry.
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Origin of tiercel

  • From Middle French terçuel, from Late Latin tertiolus, the diminutive of Latin tertius (“third"). Sources disagree whether the connection is that the males of most species of birds of prey favoured in falconry are smaller than the females by about a third, or whether it refers to the supposition that only one egg in three yields a male.

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