noun \ˈfal-kən, ˈfl- also ˈf-kən\

: a type of hawk that can fly very fast and is sometimes trained to hunt

Full Definition of FALCON

:  any of various hawks trained for use in falconry; especially :  peregrine falcon —used technically only of a female — compare tiercel
:  any of various hawks (family Falconidae) that have long pointed wings, a long tail, and a notched beak and that usually inhabit open areas

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Origin of FALCON

Middle English faucoun, falcon, from Anglo-French faucon, from Late Latin falcon-, falco, probably from Latin falc-, falx
First Known Use: 13th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of nearly 60 species of diurnal birds of prey in the family Falconidae, characterized by long, pointed wings and swift, powerful flight. The name is sometimes restricted to the more than 35 species of true falcons, genus Falco. Species range from 6 to 24 in. (15–60 cm) long. Females of the genus Falco are larger and bolder than males and are preferred for falconry. Falcons, found worldwide, commonly nest in treeholes or on cliff ledges. Some species capture birds in midair; others live on hares, mice, lizards, and insects. See also gyrfalcon, hawk, kestrel, merlin, peregrine falcon.


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