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lanner

Line breaks: lan¦ner
Pronunciation: /ˈlanə
 
/
(also lanner falcon)

Definition of lanner in English:

noun

1A falcon with a dark brown back and buff cap, found in SE Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
  • Falco biarmicus, family Falconidae
Example sentences
  • Many people have flown lanner falcons, but few have had good results taking game with them.
  • There are thought to be about a million lanner falcons in the world and they are common through much of southern Europe, the Middle East, south-west Asia and Africa.
  • Large and small white egrets, spoonbills, black cranes and the very rare lanner falcons are permanent inhabitants of the near-by, strictly protected bird reserve.
1.1 Falconry A female lanner.
Example sentences
  • We were watching Annie, another centre falconer, luring a young lanner through a pattern of stoops and dives after a pair of meat-garnished, dried wings swung on a long cord.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French lanier, perhaps a noun use of lanier 'cowardly', from a derogatory use of lanier 'wool merchant', from Latin lanarius, from lana 'wool'.

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