from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of tercel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A male hawk or falcon, used in falconry.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The male of various falcons, esp. of the peregrine; also, the male of the goshawk.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See tercel, tercelet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. male hawk especially male peregrine or gyrfalcon
From Middle French terçuel, from Late Latin tertiolus, the diminutive of Latin tertius ("third"). Sources disagree whether the connection is that the males of most species of birds of prey favoured in falconry are smaller than the females by about a third, or whether it refers to the supposition that only one egg in three yields a male. (Wiktionary)