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 for tierce
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tierce \Tierce\, n. [F. tierce a third, from tiers, tierce,
     third, fr. L. tertius the third; akin to tres three. See
     Third, Three, and cf. Terce, Tercet, Tertiary.]
     1. A cask whose content is one third of a pipe; that is,
        forty-two wine gallons; also, a liquid measure of
        forty-two wine, or thirty-five imperial, gallons.
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     2. A cask larger than a barrel, and smaller than a hogshead
        or a puncheon, in which salt provisions, rice, etc., are
        packed for shipment.
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     3. (Mus.) The third tone of the scale. See Mediant.
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     4. A sequence of three playing cards of the same suit. Tierce
        of ace, king, queen, is called tierce-major.
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     5. (Fencing) A position in thrusting or parrying in which the
        wrist and nails are turned downward.
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     6. (R. C. Ch.) The third hour of the day, or nine a. m,; one
        of the canonical hours; also, the service appointed for
        that hour.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tierc'e \Tier*c['e]"\, a. [F.] (Her.)
     Divided into three equal parts of three different tinctures;
     -- said of an escutcheon.
     [1913 Webster] Tiercel

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the third canonical hour; about 9 a.m. [syn: terce,
      2: the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
         [syn: three, 3, III, trio, threesome, tierce,
         leash, troika, triad, trine, trinity, ternary,
         ternion, triplet, tercet, terzetto, trey, deuce-
      3: one of three equal parts of a divisible whole; "it contains
         approximately a third of the minimum daily requirement" [syn:
         one-third, third, tierce]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  TIERCE, measures. A liquid measure containing the third part of a pipe, or 
  forty-two gallons. 

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