peregrine falcon

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

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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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