talon

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tal·on

noun \ˈta-lən\

: one of the sharp claws on the feet of some birds

Full Definition of TALON

1
a :  the claw of an animal and especially of a bird of prey
b :  a finger or hand of a human being
2
:  a part or object shaped like or suggestive of a heel or claw: as
a :  an ogee molding
b :  the shoulder of the bolt of a lock on which the key acts to shoot the bolt
3
a :  cards laid aside in a pile in solitaire
b :  stock 10c
tal·oned \-lənd\ adjective

Examples of TALON

  1. The hawk gripped the mouse in its talons.

Origin of TALON

Middle English taloun heel, hind claw of a bird of prey, from Anglo-French talun, from Vulgar Latin *talon-, *talo, from Latin talus ankle, anklebone
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with TALON

tal·on

noun \ˈtal-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TALON

: the crushing region of the crown of an upper molar

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