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[lan-er] /ˈlæn ər/
noun
1.
a falcon, Falco biarmicus, of southern Europe, northern Africa, and southern Asia.
2.
Falconry. the female of this bird.
Origin
1250-1300
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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British Dictionary definitions for lanner

lanner

/ˈlænə/
noun
1.
a large falcon, Falco biarmicus, of Mediterranean regions, N Africa, and S Asia
2.
(falconry) the female of this falcon Compare lanneret
Word Origin
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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