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saker

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Pronunciation: /ˈseɪkə
 
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Definition of saker in English:

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'.

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