Simple Definition of peregrine falcon
: a type of hawk that can fly very fast and is sometimes trained to hunt
Full Definition of peregrine falcon
: a swift nearly cosmopolitan falcon (Falco peregrinus) often used in falconry —called also peregrine
Origin of peregrine falcon
Middle English faukon peregryn, from Medieval Latin falco peregrinus, literally, pilgrim falcon; from the young being captured wandering from their nests, which were too inaccessible to reach easily
First Known Use: 14th century
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