[ tur-suh l ]
/ ˈtɜr səl /

noun Falconry.

the male of a hawk, especially of a gyrfalcon or peregrine.
Also terce·let [turs-lit] /ˈtɜrs lɪt/, tiercel.

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
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/ (ˈtɜːsəl) /


a male falcon or hawk, esp as used in falconry

Word Origin for tercel

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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