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ter·cel(tûr′səl) also tier·cel (tîr′səl)
A male falcon or hawk, especially a peregrine falcon or gyrfalcon.
(Falconry) a male falcon or hawk, esp as used in falconry
[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]
also terce•let(ˈtɜrs lɪt)
the male of a hawk, esp. of a gyrfalcon or peregrine.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French terçuel < Vulgar Latin *tertiolus= Latin terti(us) third + -olus -ole1; probably so called because the male is about one third smaller than the female]