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Tassel-Gentle

The tiercel is the male of the goshawk. So called because it is a tierce or third less than the female. This is true of all birds of prey. The tiercel-gentle was the class of hawk appropriate to princes. (See Hawk.)

O for a falconer's voice
To lure this tassel-gentle back again

Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet, ii 2.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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