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  1. a falcon, Falco biarmicus, of southern Europe, northern Africa, and southern Asia.
  2. Falconry. the female of this bird.
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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
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Historical Examples of lanner

  • Lanner was called back to town earlier than he had originally intended.

    Beasts and Super-Beasts


  • He has with him a very handsome falcon, a lanner like ours, but larger.

  • The last chords of a waltz of Lanner's could be heard, as if bidding me a farewell.


    Ivan Sergheievitch Turgenef

  • The lanner is very partial to mice, and in the wild state appears to devour lizards and other reptiles.

  • That fellow Lanner is showing signs of interesting himself in the same quarter.

British Dictionary definitions for lanner


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