Simple Definition of talon
: one of the sharp claws on the feet of some birds
Full Definition of talon
1a : the claw of an animal and especially of a bird of preyb : a finger or hand of a human being
2 : a part or object shaped like or suggestive of a heel or claw: asa : an ogee moldingb : the shoulder of the bolt of a lock on which the key acts to shoot the bolt
3a : cards laid aside in a pile in solitaireb : stock 10c
Examples of talon
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
Medical Definition of talon
: the crushing region of the crown of an upper molar
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