the male of a hawk, especially of a gyrfalcon or peregrine.
- Also terce·let [turs-lit], /ˈtɜrs lɪt/, tiercel.
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How to use tercel in a sentence
The only difference being, that the victim then was a tercel gentle, and now it would be a white dove.Robin Tremayne | Emily Sarah Holt
By the falcon is always understood the female, as distinguished from the tercel, or male, of the peregrine or goshawk.The Ornithology of Shakespeare | James Edmund Harting
The latter was probably called the tercel, or tiercel, from being about a third smaller than the falcon.The Ornithology of Shakespeare | James Edmund Harting
Shakespeare tells us to choose "a falcon or tercel for flying at the brook, and a hawk for the bush."A Cotswold Village | J. Arthur Gibbs
These he fastened firmly together, and set them securely within that window, by which the tercel would come to his lady.French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France | Marie de France
British Dictionary definitions for tercel
a male falcon or hawk, esp as used in falconry
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