tiercel


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to tiercel: trabecula, eyas

tier·cel

 (tîr′səl)
n.
Variant of tercel.

tiercel

(ˈtɪəsəl)
n
(Falconry) a variant of tercel

ter•cel

(ˈtɜr səl)

also terce•let

(ˈtɜrs lɪt)

tiercel



n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tiercel - male hawk especially male peregrine or gyrfalcontiercel - male hawk especially male peregrine or gyrfalcon
hawk - diurnal bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail
References in periodicals archive ?
Towards the end of the session, Tiercel Stud offers Myrrh (72), a half-sister to Ascot Gold Cup winner Celeric and high-class middle-distance performer Sesame.
Both falcon and tiercel cruised out over the outer marsh, where grey plover, knot and dunlin became the focus of their attention, twisting and turning in tightly packed protective flocks.
Barbara, who won the title back in 1991 with the Connemarapony Tiercel Mystical, will travel down to London early on Monday morning for the class.