Definition of saker in English:

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saker

Pronunciation: /ˈseɪkə/

noun

1A large Eurasian falcon with a brown back and whitish head, used in falconry.
  • Falco cherrug, family Falconidae.
Example sentences
  • The larger, dark brown and gray barred Altai Saker falcons are the favorite bird of Arab falconers.
  • Some sakers have extremely pale plumage, appearing almost white in flight. Wealthy falconers are prepared to pay a fortune for these attractive birds.
2An early form of cannon.
Example sentences
  • The saker fired solid iron shot, weighing between 1.8 and 2.7 kg (4-6lb). These would not explode on impact, but would bounce along the ground until they crashed into something – or someone.
  • Fort St. Maries had eight cannons, purchased by Lord Baltimore in 1633. Of these, four were rated as sakers and four as the larger demiculverins.
  • English colonists gave their artillery colorful names, such as falcon, saker, demiculverin, and culverin, to name a few.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French sacre, from Arabic ṣaqr 'falcon'.

Words that rhyme with saker

acre, baker, breaker, Chandrasekhar, faker, forsaker, Jamaica, Laker, maker, nacre, partaker, Quaker, raker, shaker, staker, taker, undertaker, waker

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