American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of tercel.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See tercel, tercelet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Falconry) The male of various falcons, esp. of the peregrine; also, the male of the goshawk.
- n. male hawk especially male peregrine or gyrfalcon
- 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. (Wiktionary)
““Báz” (here Richardson is wrong s.v.); a term to a certain extent generic, but specially used for the noble Peregrine (F. Peregrinator) whose tiercel is the”
“I spend way too much time doing physical conditioning with my tiercel goshawk, but the result is a bird that knows it can smoke any quarry he's programmed to chase.”
“My Gyr- Prairie tiercel was stolen this spring and so far possible replacements have fallen through partially because breeders failed, partly because of penury.”
“Back in 2002 I imprinted my tiercel gos on the 8th floor of the Wachovia bank building in the uptown area of Albuquerque.”
“Ince flies a mature tiercel male peregrine successfully at snipe, dove and quail, some of the toughest quarries any trained falcon catches.”
“He said a message took three pigeons because of the ubiquitous Peregrines there: "One for the falcon, one for the tiercel, and one for the film".”
“A few years back, a friend of mine's tiercel Peregrine died from a yellowjacket sting to the face.”
“He was wrapped in a towel on my lap -- the towel slipped and his tiny tiercel foot was suddenly embedded in the meaty part of my thigh... can an eagle take down a wolf?”
“Picturing his room, picturing sitting beside him, she remembered the tiercel—the male falcon—lording about on the window ledge.”
“The tiercel, he remembered Percey Clay telling him.”
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