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[tur-suh l] /ˈtɜr səl/
noun, Falconry.
the male of a hawk, especially of a gyrfalcon or peregrine.
Also, tercelet
[turs-lit] /ˈtɜrs lɪt/ (Show IPA),
Origin of tercel
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French terçuel < Vulgar Latin *tertiolus, equivalent to Latin terti(us) third + -olus -ole1; probably so called because the male is about one third smaller than the female Unabridged
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a male falcon or hawk, esp as used in falconry
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin tertiolus (unattested), from Latin tertius third, referring to the tradition that only one egg in three hatched a male chick
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Word Origin and History for tercel

"male falcon," late 14c., from Old French tercel (c.1200), from Medieval Latin tertiolus, from Latin tertius "third, a third," from root of tres "three" (see three). Various theories as to why it is called this; one says it's because the males are a third smaller than the females, another because a third egg in the nest (smaller than the other two) is believed always to produce a male bird.

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