Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A male falcon or hawk, especially a peregrine falcon or gyrfalcon.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A male falcon; especially, the male of the peregrine falcon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See tiercel. Called also tarsel, tassel.

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  • noun Alternative form of tiercel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun male hawk especially male peregrine or gyrfalcon

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French terçuel, from Vulgar Latin *tertiōlus, diminutive of Latin tertius, third (perhaps because the third egg in every clutch was thought to hatch into a male, or because male hawks were said to be a third smaller than females); see trei- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle French terçuel < Vulgar Latin *tertiolus < Latin tertius.

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