tier·​cel ˈtir-səl How to pronounce tiercel (audio)
variants or tercel
: a male hawk
especially : a male peregrine falcon

Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tiercel was in the 14th century

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“Tiercel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiercel. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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