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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Saker \Sa"ker\ (s[=a]"k[~e]r), 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. [,c]aqr hawk.] [Written also sacar, sacre.] 1. (Zool.) (a) A falcon (Falco sacer) native of Southern Europe and Asia, closely resembling the lanner. [1913 Webster] Note: The female is called chargh, and the male charghela, or sakeret. [1913 Webster] (b) The peregrine falcon. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Mil.) A small piece of artillery. --Wilhelm. [1913 Webster] On the bastions were planted culverins and sakers. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] The culverins and sakers showing their deadly muzzles over the rampart. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]