One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long fine cord attached to a hawk's leash to prevent escape during training.
string, thread, thong, lace, ribbon, strap, tape, tie, line, rope, cable, wire, ligatureView synonyms
- ‘We use a fishing reel to store the creance line - this way we can rewind the line and keep it from tangling.’
- ‘Some birds will overfly the lure the first time off the creance because of the lessened drag.’
- ‘To my relief he flew to me just the same as he had on the creance.’
- ‘The falcon is taught to hop, then flutter, and finally fly the length of the creance to the falconer for food.’
Late 15th century: from French créance ‘faith’, also denoting a cord to retain a bird of peu de créance ( ‘of little faith’ i.e. which cannot yet be relied upon).
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