Origin of tercel
Examples from the Web for tercel
By the falcon is always understood the female, as distinguished from the tercel, or male, of the peregrine or goshawk.
The latter was probably called the tercel, or tiercel, from being about a third smaller than the falcon.
Whilst the lady yet wondered upon him, the tercel became a young and comely knight before her eyes.French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France|Marie de France
The tassel, or tercel, was the male of the peregrine falcon, and was noted for its docility and gentleness.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1|Alexander Pope
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