Definitions

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

  • n. Variant of tercel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A male hawk or falcon, used in falconry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The male of various falcons, esp. of the peregrine; also, the male of the goshawk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See tercel, tercelet.

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

  • n. male hawk especially male peregrine or gyrfalcon

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • “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

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • 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.

    Working Like a Dog

  • My Gyr- Prairie tiercel was stolen this spring and so far possible replacements have fallen through partially because breeders failed, partly because of penury.

    Gyr

  • Back in 2002 I imprinted my tiercel gos on the 8th floor of the Wachovia bank building in the uptown area of Albuquerque.

    Working Like a Dog

  • Ince flies a mature tiercel male peregrine successfully at snipe, dove and quail, some of the toughest quarries any trained falcon catches.

    Good Press!

  • 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".

    Spy Pigeons-- the Good, the Bad, and...

  • A few years back, a friend of mine's tiercel Peregrine died from a yellowjacket sting to the face.

    Giant Yellowjacket Nests

  • 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?

    Colonel Cooper and Wolves

  • Picturing his room, picturing sitting beside him, she remembered the tiercel—the male falcon—lording about on the window ledge.

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  • The tiercel, he remembered Percey Clay telling him.

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Comments

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  • Haha! Congratulations!

    That's because it describes only the male. I haven't gotten quite that specific yet.

    Hmm.... :-)

    March 10, 2008

  • "'I believe so,' said Martin, shading his eye. 'A tiercel. Lewin says they occur in New Holland.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 352

    And may I add with what I hope is evident delight, "Oh my GOD, I found a bird that reesetee hasn't already listed!!!!"

    March 9, 2008