noun can·ce·leer \¦kan(t)sə¦li(ə)r\
variants: or



Definition of canceleer



  1. :  the turn of a hawk in flight made before seizing or after missing the prey

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Origin and Etymology of canceleer

Old North French canceler to waver, totter, from Late Latin cancellare to cross the legs, from Latin, to make like a lattice — more at cancel

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capable of being understood in two ways

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