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 Tartuffe (2 syl.).Tasselled Gentleman. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.)   1
“O for a falconer’s voice
To lure this tassel-gentle back again!”
Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet, ii. 2.

 Tartuffe (2 syl.).Tasselled Gentleman. 

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