Tiercel Tier"cel, Tiercelet Tierce"let, n. [OE. tercel, tercelet, F. tiercelet, a dim. of (assumed) tiercel, or LL. tertiolus, dim. fr. L. tertius the third; -- so called, according to some, because every third bird in the nest is a male, or, according to others, because the male is the third part less than female. Cf. {Tercel}.] (Falconry) The male of various falcons, esp. of the peregrine; also, the male of the goshawk. --Encyc. Brit. [1913 Webster]

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  • tiercel — [tir′səl] n. [ME tercel < OFr < VL * tertiolus < L tertius, third: said to be so named because it was believed that every third bird in a nest is a male] Falconry a male hawk, esp. the male peregrine …   English World dictionary

  • tiercel — var. of TERCEL. * * * tiercel, tiercelet see tercel, tercelet …   Useful english dictionary

  • tiercel — or tercel noun Etymology: Middle English tercel, from Anglo French, from Vulgar Latin *tertiolus, from diminutive of Latin tertius third; probably from the fact that the male is about one third smaller than the female Date: 14th century a male… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tiercel — /tear seuhl/, n. Falconry. tercel. * * * …   Universalium

  • tiercel — noun A male hawk or falcon, used in falconry. Syn: tarse, tercelet …   Wiktionary

  • tiercel — [ tɪəs(ə)l] noun variant spelling of tercel …   English new terms dictionary

  • tiercel — n.; (also tiercelet) Goshawk, male hawk …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • tiercel — tier·cel …   English syllables

  • tiercel — tier•cel [[t]ˈtɪər səl[/t]] n. spo tercel …   From formal English to slang

  • tiercel — /ˈtɪəsəl/ (say tearsuhl) noun → tercel …   Australian English dictionary

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