Definitions

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  • n. The female of a hawk or falcon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The female of a hawk or falcon.

Etymologies

Diminutive of French forme the female of a bird of prey. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The female satin-bower bird in the Regent's Park seems to have taken a leaf out of the 'formell egle's' book: for I cannot discover that her humble and most obsequious swain has been rewarded for his attentions though they have been continued through so many weary months; but we shall never be able entirely to solve these mysteries till we become possessed of the rare ring sent to the King of Sarra by the King of Arable, 'by the vertue whereof' his daughter understood 'the language of all foules,' unless we can

    International Miscellany of Literature, Art and Science, Vol. 1, No. 3, Oct. 1, 1850

  • A formell egle beyng beloved of three tercels, requireth a yeeres respite to make her choise: upon this triall, _Qui bien aime tard oublie_-'He that loveth well is slow to forget. '"

    International Miscellany of Literature, Art and Science, Vol. 1, No. 3, Oct. 1, 1850

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