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

  • n. A Eurasian falcon (Falco cherrug) having brown plumage and often trained for falconry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A falcon (Falco cherrug) native of Southern Europe and Asia.
  • n. A medium cannon slightly smaller than a culverin developed during the early 17th century.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A falcon (Falco sacer) native of Southern Europe and Asia, closely resembling the lanner.
  • n. The peregrine falcon.
  • n. A small piece of artillery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See sacre.
  • n. A kind of hawk used in falconry, especially the female, which is larger than the male, the latter being called a sakeret or sacret.
  • n. A small piece of artillery, smaller than the demiculverin, formerly much employed in sieges.


Middle English sacre, from Old French, from Arabic ṣaqr, probably from Turkic *soŋqur, falcon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French sacre, from Spanish sacro, from Arabic صقر, probably from Turkic soŋqur. (Wiktionary)



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