Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A falcon (Falco biarmicus) of Africa, the Mediterranean, and southern Asia.
  • n. A female of this species, used in falconry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the Lanner Falcon, Falco biarmicus

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A long-tailed falcon (Falco lanarius), of Southern Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa, resembling the American prairie falcon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of falcon.

Etymologies

Middle English laner, from Old French lanier, woolweaver, coward, from Latin lānārius, woolworker, from lāna, wool.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Middle French lanier, "cowardly", possibly from Latin lānārius. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (Cotgrave) -- and sometimes Lennard, an imitative form of "lanner," the name of an inferior hawk --

    The Romance of Names

  • Nancy has offered me a choice: of the dozen or so birds of prey she and her falconer husband keep on their rural New Hampshire property, I could work with Jazz or with Emma, the lanner falcon.

    Birdology

  • The region is an Endemic Bird Area with, on the coast, jackass penguin Spheniscus demersens, blue crane Anthropoides paradiseus, Cape vulture Gyps coprotheres, black eagle Aquila verreauxii, martial eagle Polemaetus bellicosus, fish eagle Haliaeetus vocifer, black harrier Circus maurus, lanner falcon Falco biarmicus and lesser kestrel Falco naumanni.

    Cape Floral Protected Areas, South Africa

  • The regionally threatened Eurasian griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus) and lanner falcon (Falco biarmicus) also occur.

    Middle East steppe

  • The region was famed in the 1970s for its raptor population, with four vulture species, lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus, black Aegypius monachus, Griffon Gyps fulvus and Egyptian Neophron peranopterus; four eagle species, golden Aquila chrysaetos, short-toed Circaetus gallicus, booted Hieraeetus pennatus and Bonelli's Hieraeetus fasciatus and breeding lanner falcons Falco biarmicus.

    Meteora Group of Monasteries, Greece

  • Other birds include Egyptian vulture, Neophron percnopterus, Bonelli's eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus, booted eagle H. pennatus, marsh harrier Circus aeruginosus, lanner falcon Falco biarmicus, peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus (threatened), collared pratincole Glareola pratincola and Moussier's redstart Phoenicurus moussieri.

    Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia

  • The significant grassland birds are mainly raptors, such as the black and crowned eagles (Aquila verreauxii, Stephanoaetus coronatus) and the lanner and peregrine falcons (Falco biarmicus, F. peregrinus).

    South Malawi montane forest-grassland mosaic

  • Belloniere promised me a lanner, but he wrote to me not long ago that he was become pursy.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • We have also the lanner and the lanneret, the tersel and the goshawk, the musket and the sparhawk, the jack and the hobby, and finally some

    Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)

  • We have also the lanner and the lanneret, the tersel and the goshawk, the musket and the sparhawk, the jack and the hobby, and finally some (though very few) marleons.

    Of Wild and Tame Fowls. Chapter XIII. [1577, Book III., Chapters 9 and 11; 1587, Book III., Chapters 2 and 5

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  • As the Scottish falconer said as his prize bird was passed to him, "Ye canner hanner manner granner lanner."

    May 23, 2010

  • A.k.a. Feldegg's falcon.

    May 23, 2010