lanner

lanner

[lan-er]
noun
1.
a falcon, Falco biarmicus, of southern Europe, northern Africa, and southern Asia.
2.
Falconry. the female of this bird.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English laner < Middle French lanier kind of falcon, literally, wool weaver (< Latin lānārius;), a term of abuse in the early Middle Ages, applied especially to laggards and cowards, and so to the lanner, slow in flight and thought to be cowardly

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lanner (ˈlænə)
 
n
1.  a large falcon, Falco biarmicus, of Mediterranean regions, N Africa, and S Asia
2.  falconry Compare lanneret the female of this falcon
 
[C15: from Old French (faucon) lanier cowardly (falcon), from Latin lanārius wool worker, coward; referring to its sluggish flight and timid nature]

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