noun tier·cel \ˈtir-səl\
variants: or

play \ˈtər-səl\

Definition of tiercel

  1. :  a male hawk; especially :  a male peregrine falcon

Origin and Etymology of tiercel

Middle English tercel, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *tertiolus, from diminutive of Latin tertius third; probably from the fact that the male is about one third smaller than the female

First Known Use: 14th century

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