Saker

Sa"ker

(s"kr), n. [F. sacre (cf. It. sagro, Sp. & Pg. sacre), either fr. L. sacer sacred, holy, as a translation of Gr. "ie`rax falcon, from "iero`s holy, or more probably from Ar. aqr hawk.]
[Written also sacar, sacre.]
1. (Zol.) (a) A falcon (Falco sacer) native of Southern Europe and Asia, closely resembling the lanner.
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The female is called chargh, and the male charghela, or sakeret.
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(b) The peregrine falcon. [Prov. Eng.]
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2. (Mil.) A small piece of artillery. Wilhelm.
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On the bastions were planted culverins and sakers.
Macaulay.
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The culverins and sakers showing their deadly muzzles over the rampart.
Hawthorne.
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