Did you by any chance mean canceller?
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The turn of a hawk upon the wing to recover itself, after missing in the first stoop. Also written canceller.
- In falconry, to turn two or three times on the wing before seizing the prey, as a hawk in stooping, especially when it misses. Also written canceller.
- Figuratively, to turn aside; digress.
“Now! now! right over the heron; and now she will _canceleer_ -- turn on her wing, Miss Stanley, as she comes down, whirl round, and balance herself -- _chanceler_.”
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