Origin of lanner

1250–1300; Middle English laner < Middle French lanier kind of falcon, literally, wool weaver (< Latin lānārius;), a term of abuse in the early Middle Ages, applied especially to laggards and cowards, and so to the lanner, slow in flight and thought to be cowardly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a large falcon, Falco biarmicus, of Mediterranean regions, N Africa, and S Asia
  2. falconry the female of this falconCompare lanneret

Word Origin for lanner

C15: from Old French (faucon) lanier cowardly (falcon), from Latin lanārius wool worker, coward; referring to its sluggish flight and timid nature
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