lanner

[lan-er]

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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lanner

noun
  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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